Monday, June 24, 2019

Donne: periods of silent sin

Monday, June 24, 2019
    Feast of the Birth of John the Baptist
    Who can discern his errors? Forgive my hidden faults.
    —Psalm 19:12 (NIV)
    Men perish with whispering sins, nay with silent sins, sins that never tell the conscience that they are sins, as often as with crying sins; and in hell there shall meet as many men that never thought what was sin, as that spent all their thoughts in the compassing of sin.
    ... John Donne (1573-1631), Works of John Donne, vol. I, London: John W. Parker, 1839, Sermon XIV, p. 276 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 19:12; Lev. 4:22-23; Job 6:24; Ps. 139:23-24; Jer. 17:9; Rom. 14:23; 1 Cor. 4:4; Heb. 9:7
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, correct my conscience.
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