07 March 2008

Mercy and the Local Church

That spirit of mercy that was in Christ should move his servants to be content to abase themselves for the good of the meanest. … Christ came down from heaven and emptied himself of majesty in tender love to souls. Shall we not come down from our high conceits to do any poor soul good? Shall man be proud after God has been humble?

…And likewise those [Christians] are failing that, by overmuch austerity, drive back troubled souls from having comfort by them, for, as a result of this, many smother their temptations, and burn inwardly, because they have none into whose bosom they may vent their grief and ease their souls.

Reminded me of this, which I wrote on the chapter title page:

…we do pray for mercy,
and that same prayer doth teach us all to render
the deeds of mercy.

~Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice


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