Thursday, November 17, 2016

Patmore: goodwill

Thursday, November 17, 2016
    Feast of Hugh, Carthusian Monk, Bishop of Lincoln, 1200
    Only, they asked us to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do.
    —Galatians 2:10 (ESV)
    Nothing is so easy to men of goodwill as goodwill itself, and this is all that God requires. Every act of goodwill permanently and sensibly increases goodwill. Trifling acts of goodwill are often more efficacious in this way than great ones. A flower given in kindness and at the right time profits more, both to giver and receiver, than some vast material benefit in which the goodwill is hidden by the magnitude of the act. Some little, sensible, individual touch from the hand of Our Lord may convert the heart more than the contemplation of His death for us.
    ... Coventry Patmore (1823-1896), The Rod, the Root, and the Flower [1895], London: G. Bell and Sons, 1907, p. 225-226 (see the book)
    See also Gal. 2:10; Matt. 5:39-44; Rom. 15:25-27; 2 Cor. 9:7-9; Heb. 13:16
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, for one who is considering You, may I forget nothing that might help.
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