PRAYERS OF A PHARASEE AND A REPUBLICAN

Accordingly, brethren, I, a man, dust and clay, that walk upon the earth, say unto you: Do penance and know your sins. I say, brethren, that Satan, by means of the Roman soldiery, deceived you when ye said that I was God. Wherefore, beware that ye believe them not, seeing they are fallen under the … Continue reading PRAYERS OF A PHARASEE AND A REPUBLICAN

JESUS PREACHES AT JERUSALEM

Jesus departed from the desert and entered into Jerusalem; whereupon all the people ran to the temple to see him. So after the reading of the psalms Jesus mounted up on the pinnacle where the scribe used to mount, and having beckoned for silence with his hand, he said: `Blessed be the holy name of … Continue reading JESUS PREACHES AT JERUSALEM

DISCIPLES THROUGHOUT JUDEA

Jesus having called together his disciples, sent them forth by two and two through the region of Israel, saying: `Go and preach even as ye have heard.' Then they bowed themselves and he laid his hand upon their heads, saying: ` In the name of God, give health to the sick, cast out the demons, … Continue reading DISCIPLES THROUGHOUT JUDEA

GIVE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD

I will return now to avarice: and I tell you that when the sense would fain acquire a thing or tenaciously keep it, reason must say: "Such a thing will have its end." It is certain that if it will have an end it is madness to love it. Wherefore it behoves one to love … Continue reading GIVE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD

THE COLOUR BLUE

The Color Blue Sir Godfrey Gregg OHPM, ROMC Blue is the universal symbol of truth, and we have seen how it was therefore much used by Divine command, and in the vestments of the Jewish priests. It is the color appropriate to the First Three Degrees, or ship crew, and the curtains, cushions, etc. of … Continue reading THE COLOUR BLUE

THE FAITH IS ONE

Jesus answered in parable: `A man goeth to fish with a net, and therein he catcheth many fishes, but are bad he throweth away. `A man went forth to sow, but only the grain that falleth on good ground beareth seed. `Even so ought ye to do, listening to all and receiving only the truth, … Continue reading THE FAITH IS ONE

THE COMPOSITION OF MAN

When it was day, Friday morning, early, Jesus, after the prayer, assembled his disciples and said to them: `Let us sit down; for even as on this day God created man of the clay of the earth, even so will I tell you what a thing is man, if God please.' When all were seated, … Continue reading THE COMPOSITION OF MAN

EVILS OF AVARICE

As for avarice, that must be change into almsgiving. Verily I say unto you, that even as the plummet hath for its end the centre, so the avaricious hath hell for his end, for it is impossible for the avaricious to possess any good in paradise. Know ye wherefore for I will tell you. As … Continue reading EVILS OF AVARICE

TALK ONLY WHEN NECESSARY

When the governor hath arrested a prisoner whom he examineth while the notary writeth down [the cause], tell me, how doth such a man talk?' The disciples answered: `He talketh with fear and to the point, so as not to give suspicion of himself, and he is careful not to say anything that may displease … Continue reading TALK ONLY WHEN NECESSARY

VAIN TALK WEAKENS YOUR INTELLECT

The fruit of vain talking is this, that it weakeneth the intellect in such wise that it is not ready to receive the truth; even as a horse accustomed to carry but one ounce of cotton-flock can not carry an hundred pounds of stone. `But what is worse is the man who spendeth his time … Continue reading VAIN TALK WEAKENS YOUR INTELLECT