Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Feast of François de Sales, Bishop of Geneva, Teacher, 1622
And looking about at those who sat around him, [Jesus] said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.”
—Mark 3:34-35 (ESV)
If I want only pure water, what does it matter whether it be brought in a vase of gold or of glass? What is it to me whether the will of God be presented to me in tribulation or consolation, since I..

Monday, January 23, 2017
Commemoration of Phillips Brooks, Bishop of Massachusetts, spiritual writer, 1893
[Jesus:] “So for the sake of your tradition you [scribes and Pharisees] have made void the word of God. You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said: ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’”
—Matthew 15:6b-9 (ESV)
Orthodoxy is, in the Church..

Sunday, January 22, 2017
Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned—for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come. But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one m..

Saturday, January 21, 2017
Feast of Agnes, Child Martyr at Rome, 304
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
—Psalm 23:4 (KJV)
The valley of the shadow of death holds no darkness for the child of God. There must be light, else there could be no shadow. Jesus is the light. He has overcome death.
… Dwight Lyman Moody (1837-1899)
See also Ps. 23:4; Isa. 25:8; Hos. ..

Friday, January 20, 2017
Commemoration of Richard Rolle of Hampole, Writer, Hermit, Mystic, 1349
[Jesus:] “Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
“Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.
“Woe to the world for temptations to sin! For it ..

Thursday, January 19, 2017
Commemoration of Wulfstan, Bishop of Worcester, 1095
Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
—Matthew 19:21-22 (ESV)
For a small reward, a man will hurry away on a long journey; while for eternal life, many will hardly take a single step.
… Thoma..

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Commemoration of Amy Carmichael, Founder of the Dohnavur Fellowship, 1951
[Jesus:] “Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
—Luke 12:33-34 (ESV)
One can give without loving, but one cannot love without giving.
… Amy Carmi..

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Feast of Antony of Egypt, Abbot, 356
Commemoration of Charles Gore, Bishop, Teacher, Founder of the Community of the Resurrection, 1932
Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
—John 14:13 (ESV)
Many people have a very strangely childish notion, that “praying in the name of Christ” means simply the addition of the words “through Jesus Christ our Lord” at the end of their prayers. But depend upon..

Sunday, January 15, 2017
For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
—Colossians 3:3 (KJV)
True spiritual power of the Christian order is a kind of possessedness. It arises in and flows through a life hid with Christ in God. Its source is the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the potency of the Holy Spirit. True spiritual power is the child of two parents: the truth as it is revealed in Jesus and our own experience resulting upon our acceptance of Him an..

Saturday, January 14, 2017
Commemoration of Richard Meux Benson, Founder of the Society of St John the Evangelist, 1915
The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
—1 Corinthians 15:26 (KJV)
[Continued from yesterday]
In this calm assurance of safety did my soul gladly and hopefully take its rest, and feared so little the interruption of death, that death seemed only a name for eternal life. And the life of this present body was so far from seeming a burden or aff..