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THE CENTRIPETAL AND CENTRIFUGAL FORCES OF THE
Ουχί πάντες εισί λειτουργικά πνεύματα, εις διακονίαν αποστελ.
λόμενα διά τους μέλλοντας κληρονομεϊν σωτηρίαν; “ Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?”—HEB. i. 14.
PAGE Case of a devout man who craves after a regular pursuitquestion raised whether such a craving is part of the mind's constitution, or part of its disease-practical importance of the question -advantage of studying this question in the case of the Angels rather than in that of men—the Angels proposed to us by Our Lord as a model of human duty-failure of the English Translation to represent the point of Heb. i. 14—twofold function of the Angels as officiating priests in the Heavenly Temple, and as employed on ministries of mercy to the heirs of salvation-discrimination of these functions in the Collect for St. Michael—the Angels exhibited to us in Holy Scripture in both characters—two tendencies in the constitution of every rational being, a desire for external work, and an attraction towards God as its source and centre-a pursuit the condition of happiness—but we may not be absorbed in any pursuit -weariness resulting from mere external activity—the soul's need of God—the recognition of God must be, not kept apart from our business, but interlaced with it,edifying extract from “Hele's Devotions”—the New Testament prayer-precept enjoins unintermitting prayer—are we making an effort to keep it ?-the necessity of collecting the mind as often as we find it has wandered from God
OF THE NECESSITY OF AN OCCUPATION, AND OF THE
RIGHT WAY OF PURSUING IT.
“ Because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and
wrought : for by their occupation they were tent-makers.”ACTS xviii. 3.
PAGE Reasons why St. Paul would not stand upon his right to receive support from his converts—how he found his advantage in labouring with his hands for his own support-many Scriptural instances of Divine calls being addressed to men in the way of their ordinary business-necessity to holiness of an outward occupation-an occupation made ready for the majority of ren-let it be settled in the mind that this business is the task set us by God's Providencelet us work under the eye of our Heavenly Master, and look up into His face, and ask His help—never regard work as a hindrance to, but as a furtherance of, piety—think how often God has met men in the way of theircalling—aim rather at doing well what you do than at getting through much—hurry and impulsiveness prejudicial -how a man may be slothful while he is busy—the spirit in which the Angels work-how our leisure moments may be employed in some gratuitous work for Christ—St. Paul's work, though large and anxious, yet left bim time for a manufacture, which was a gratuitous toil-advices for those who are under no necessity of working for their bread—why reading is not for such persons a sufficient occupation—many posts of Christian usefulness and Church work open to such people-let them choose and addict themselves to one province of such work—the intellectual inferiority of a handicraft more than compensated by its spiritual advantages
The love of God the spring of holiness-our aptness to deceive