Thursday, December 01, 2022

Taylor: laws of nature and laws of God

Thursday, December 1, 2022
    Commemoration of Charles de Foucauld, Hermit, Servant of the Poor, 1916
When I consider your heavens,
    the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
    which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
    the son of man that you care for him?
    —Psalm 8:3 (NIV)
    The law of nature is nothing but the law of God, given to mankind for the conservation of his nature, and the promotion of his perfective end. A law of which a man sees a reason and feels a necessity: God is the lawgiver.
    ... Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667), The Rule of Conscience, bk. 2, in The Whole Works of the Right Rev. Jeremy Taylor, D.D., v. XII, London: Ogle, Duncan & Co., 1822, p. 213 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 8:1-9; Gen. 1:11-12,28; 2:19-20; Job 12:7-10; Ps. 19:1-6; Acts 14:17; Rom. 1:18-20
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have spoken.
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