Selections from the Works of Jean Baptiste Massillon, Bishop of Clermont

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J. Hatchard and son, 1826 - 368 páginas
 

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Página 119 - Christ to appear in this temple, in the midst of this assembly, the most august in the whole world1, to judge us, to make the dreadful separation betwixt the goats and the sheep, do you believe that the greatest number of us would be placed at his right hand? Do you believe that the number would...
Página xiii - ... folds in which the passions lie enveloped, those secret sophisms, which blind and seduce. To combat and to destroy these sophisms, he has in general only to unfold them : this he does with an unction so affectionate and so tender, that he allures us rather than compels. His diction, always smooth, and elegant, and pure, is every where marked with that noble simplicity, without which there is neither good taste nor true 'eloquence. — Massillon reaped another advantage from that heart-affecting...
Página xxii - There,' said he, with tears in his eyes, ' is the valley in which the excellent prelate used to walk with us. There is the arbour in 'which he used to sit and read. This is the garden he took pleasure in cultivating with his own hands.' Then they entered the house ; and when they came to the room where Massillon died, ' This,' said the vicar, ' is the place where we lost him !' and as he pronounced these words, he fainted.
Página 98 - It is a treasure that we would retain eternally, and yet can hardly endure it on our hands. We should look upon a man as deranged, who in succeeding to an immense inheritance, dissipated it carelessly, making no other use of it, either to raise himself from obscurity to places and dignities, or to secure himself against the reverses of fortune. Time is this precious treasure we have inherited from our births, which the Lord, in his gracious mercy, has left in our hands, to make the best use of. It...
Página xvii - ... were to address you from this place, it would not say, Blessed are they who weep. Happy, would it say, that prince, who never fought but to conquer ; who hath filled the universe with his fame, who in the course of a long and prosperous reign, has enjoyed all that men admire in the splendor of conquest, the love of his people, the esteem of his enemies, the wisdom of his laws. But, Sire, the gospel does not speak the language of the world.
Página 120 - ... where are ye ? remnant of Israel pass to the right ; wheat of Jesus Christ, separate yourselves from this chaff which is destined to the fire. O God ! where are thine elect ? and what remains for thy portion T' We come now to figures which pass the limits of this purely expository style.
Página 128 - If we regarded only our repose in this life, and had no other interest than to prepare for ourselves quiet and happy days, what previous enjoyment it would be, to stifle in their birth, and turn at last to virtue, so many violent passions which afterwards...
Página 128 - IMPORTANCE OF EARLY HABITS. WE shall not gather in old age that which was not sown in youth. If you " sow corruption," says the Apostle, " you shall reap corruption." You say every day yourselves, that we always die as we have lived; that characters are unchangeable; that we carry into advanced life, all the faults and passions of our early days, and that there is no greater happiness than to form in our youth those laudable inclinations which accustom us, from childhood,
Página xxii - is the place where we lost him !' and as he pronounced these words, he fainted. The ashes of Titus or of Marcus Aurelius, might have envied such a tribute of regard and affection. Dr. Knox, in his Christian Philosophy, bears the following respectable testimony to the character of Dr. Watts. ' For my own part, I cannot but think this good man approached as nearly to Christian perfection as any...
Página 119 - H3 know not those who belong to him, we know at least that sinners do not belong to him. But who are the faithful ones here assembled ? Titles and dignities ought to be counted as nothing; you will be deprived of them before Jesus Christ. Who are they ? Many sinners who do not wish to be converted...

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