The Church Review (V. 27)
by Nathaniel Smith Richardson (9780217753548)

The Church Review (V. 27)
 
Nathaniel Smith Richardson
Release Date: 10 December 0140
Format: Paperback
Pages: 234
ISBN: 9780217753548
ISBN-10: 021775354X



Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: UTILITY OF THE CHUECH CONGRESS. The Church is of necessity a conservative body. She has her roots in the past and acts in accordance with precedent. She would be nothing if she did not thus conform to her historic and Catholic life. She is also in the nineteenth century, and has the commission of Christ to preach the gospel and win souls in this day and generation. There is no danger that she will drift away from her central anchorage of authority, but there is special danger that men may be so thankful that they are in a true part of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, and so confident in their security that they shall neglect the command to preach the gospel to every creature. Our very excellence may be our danger. What we need, next to the full measure of the guidance of the Holy Spirit, is the consciousness of our present duty, the understanding of the age we live in, the sympathy with modern thought and modern life which enables us to meet the wants of all sorts and conditions of men. This is gained by the parish priest in the discharge of his daily duty, by the layman in the discharge of social responsibilities, by women as they minister from house to house and in the great hospitals of suffering; and the comparison of experience, the perfection of methods of work, enables each one in his separate sphere to do his duty better. This is the secret of parochial growth and success. The wardens and vestry men attend to the temporalities, but the great need is to develope sufficient care for the spiritual necessities of each individual soul; and this can only come from the enkindled heart, and the educated common sense of each believer. What makes the success of the parish, on a large scale makes the success of the Diocese. The clergy and laity must develope measures...

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