Frederick Denison Maurice

CHRISTMAS REFLECTION: You Want This Truth by Frederick Denison Maurice

January 5, 2019

From Love Came Down And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14) Some will tell you that people are not as merry now on this day as they used to be.  One says that this is a grievous thing, that we should try if we can to bring back the old times.  Another says, “This cannot be, people are wiser now.  They know that one day is no better than another; the thing is to be real Christians in our hearts.”  Another tells us “Christmas Day is forgotten, because that which Christmas Day speaks of does not signify so much as it once did.  It was good for the people who lived a thousand years ago to believe such tales; but we have [...]

CHRISTMAS REFLECTION: Signs Of A Kingdom Of God Are Among Us by Frederick Denison Maurice

December 27, 2018

From a sermon on St. John the Evangelist I tell you, many will come from east and west and will eat with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the Kingdom of Heaven, while the heirs of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 8:11-12) This is Saint John’s Day.  We have read from the Apocalypse words that are beautiful commemorations of it.  They tell us how the Apostle himself wished his contemporaries to think of him.  He had borne witness to the Word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ.  He was their brother and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ. But “the heirs of the kingdom,” so the text goes, “will be thrown into [...]

PRAYER: Prayer To The Trinity by Frederick Denison Maurice

June 11, 2017

Most blessed and glorious Trinity, three Persons in one God, teach us to worship and adore that absolute Trinity, that perfect Unity. And that we may adore thee, that our worship may not be a mockery, make us to know that we are one in Christ, as the Father is one with the Son, and the Son with the Father. Suffer us not to look upon our sectarianism as if it were a destiny. Help us to regard it as a rebellion against thee. Help us to see all distinctions more clearly in the light of thy everlasting love. Help us to recognize the truth of every effort to express something of that which passes knowledge. Help us to feel and confess the feebleness of our own efforts. So may thy holy name embrace us more and more. So may all creatures in [...]