Saturday, August 11, 2018

Newman: our poor efforts

Saturday, August 11, 2018
    Feast of Clare of Assisi, Founder of the Order of Minoresses (Poor Clares), 1253
    Commemoration of John Henry Newman, Priest, Teacher, Tractarian, 1890
    “What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’
    ”‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went.
    “Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go.
    “Which of the two did what his father wanted?”
    “The first,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you.”
    —Matthew 21:28-31 (NIV)
    It is our great relief that God is not extreme to mark what is done amiss, that he looks at the motives, and accepts and blesses in spite of incidental errors.
    ... John Henry Cardinal Newman (1801-1890), Letters and Correspondence of John Henry Newman, v. I, London: Longmans, Green, 1903, p. 205 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 21:28-31; Ps. 34:18; 51:17; Isa. 57:15-18; Mic. 6:8; Matt. 6:5; 18:3;
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You use even my failures for Your glory.
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