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In the discipline of the human, the toil of doing the work precedes the delight of understanding the truth.

St. Augustine, Against Faustus 22

God has made provision that we should become holy in a spiritual way. It is a spiritual word, that in our innermost spirit we are made holy before God.

Martin Luther, Commentary 1Peter

Trust not to friends and kindred, neither do thou put of the care of thy soul's welfare till hereafter; for men will sooner forget them than thou art aware of ... Learn now to die to the world, that thou mayest then begin to live with Christ.

Thomas á Kempis, The Imitation of Christ

As for true Christians, faith is the very backbone of their spiritual existence. No one ever fights earnestly against the world, the flesh and the devil, unless he has engraven on his heart certain great principles which he believes.

J. C. Ryle, Practical Religion, on Happiness

When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. 15 And he said to them, "I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God." After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, "Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes." And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me." In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you. But the hand of him who is going to betray me is with mine on the table. The Son of Man will go as it has been decreed, but woe to that man who betrays him." They began to question among themselves which of them it might be who would do this.

Luke 22.14-23

Day: 9 - 10 - 11

These readings are based on a) John E. Rotelle O.S.A's., excellent Augustine Day by Day, (New York, Catholic Book Publishing, 1986). Permission to use these passages has been sought, although I believe what I have used falls within a "fair use" policy; b) Various works of Martin Luther (1483-1546); c) Thomas á Kempis (1380-1471); d) Anglican Bishop J. C. Ryle's (1816-1900) Holiness (18??) or Practical Religion (1900); e) Zondervan's New International Version of the Bible.

Copyright Irving Hexham 2001