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To be read after the gospel for this Sunday: Luke 21:5-19


If adversity hath killed his thousands,

prosperity hath killed his ten thousands;

therefore adversity is to be preferred.

The one deceives, the other instructs;

the one is miserably happy, the other happily miserable;

and therefore many philosophers have voluntarily sought adversity

and commend it in their precepts.

Robert Burton, English clergy

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The Church is not so much a continuously living thing,

as something that has survived a thousand crucifixions

through a thousand Resurrections.

Fulton J. Sheen

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No Christian escapes a taste of the wilderness

on the way to the Promised Land.


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If I were asked to give what I consider

the single most useful bit of advice for all humanity, it would be this:

Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life,

and when it comes, hold your head high,

look it squarely in the eye and say, “I will be bigger than you.

You cannot defeat me.”

Then repeat to yourself the most comforting of all words,

“This too shall pass.”

Maintaining self-respect in the face of a devastating experience

is of prime importance.

Ann Landers

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Circumstances may appear to wreck our lives and Gods plans,

but God is not helpless among the ruins.

Our broken lives are not lost or useless.

God’s love is still working.

He comes in and takes the calamity and uses it victoriously,

working out his wonderful plan of love.

Eric Liddell, the subject of the movie, Chariots of Fire

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Gathered by Richard Niell Donovan

About Daniel Mochamps

Church Planter, Anglican Diocese in New England (Anglican Church in North America).
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