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in every heart which will have the perseverance to look for them; let him impartially scrutinize the motives of his very best actions, and measure them against the tremendous capabilities of his immortal nature; and then let him cordially pronounce whether he does not find more moral rottenness, more of the leprosy of sin adhering to him, than he had previously the slightest conception of.


It will, I think, appear, that since in proportion as we recede more and more from the distractions of this world and its passions, our conviction of the criminality of our own conduct becomes more and more aggravated, it is probable that, were the carnal body in which we are enveloped entirely shaken off, and our souls able to look upon their past conduct without any of those intervening media which in this world obscure the accuracy of our moral perceptions, our most comparatively trivial aberrations would strike us with a sensation of guilt, of which in our present state of existence we have no conception.


The society a man keeps insensibly communicates an impression to his character; “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise;" and the face of Moses shone with exceeding brightness after he had stood before the presence of God and walked with Him in the mount. So in its measure will it be with us when we accustom our imaginations to hold communion with the departed servants of God. So doing, we shall contract a purer temperament even whilst in the flesh, and prepare ourselves even in the midst of frailty for living, when the time comes, in a holier home.

J. J. Blunt.

He who lives in the habitual contemplation of immortality, cannot be in bondage to time, or enslaved by transitory temptations. Robertson.

Let us from time to time dwell on those who are gone, not in sorrow, but in pious joy; not as those who once were mere partakers of our daily hopes and fears, but as co-heirs with us of that land whereof they are already partly in possession ; let their memories be to us not merely pledges of the happiness which is past, but rather of that eternal happiness which will be ours if we fail not; let our affections for them raise our hearts to their dwelling-place, and make us less

ond of those earthly possessions and enjoyments which we can no longer share with them ; let us strive to make ourselves ready for their company ; whether we shall join them or not depends on our being more and more conformed to Christ, and on our possession of the graces of the beatitudes. If, like them, we have kept ourselves unspotted, as far as may be, from the world; or having, like some of them, stained our baptismal robe with wilful sin, have, like them, repented of our iniquity; if we have so struggled against our evil passions and temptations, as in the end to overcome them; if, like them, we have striven to be perfect even as our Father is perfect; if, like them, we have thrown ourselves at the foot of the cross, not trusting in our own righteousness to save us, but rather mourning over our many imperfections; if at last, like them, we have died in this faith and fear, then we may not doubt, but with all assurance believe, that we too shall be remembered when the Easter of the world shall have at last come, and the Lord shall make up His jewels.

W. E. Jelf.

Nourish your soul with good works, give it peace in solitude, get it strength in prayer, make it wise with reading, enlighten it with meditation, make it tender with love, sweeten it with humility, humble it with acts of penitence and selfdenial, enliven it with psalms and hymns, comfort it with frequent reflections upon future glory. Keep it in the presence of God, and teach it to imitate those guardian angels, who, though they attend on human affairs, and the lowest of mankind, yet always behold the face of our Father which is in heaven.


HOLY ZEAL. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness : for they shall be filled.

Matt. v. 6.

No man can serve two masters : for either he will hate the one, and love the other ; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought

your life, what


shall eat, or what ye shall drink ; nor for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment ?

(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek :) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye

have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Matt. vi. 24, 25. 32, 33.

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be that go in thereat:

Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Matt. vii. 13, 14.

Whosoever therefore shall confess Me before men, him will I confess also before My Father which is in heaven.

But whosoever shall deny Me before men, him will I also deny before My Father which is in heaven.

Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

And a man's foes shall be those of his own household.

Matt. X. 32-36.

He that loveth father or mother more than

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