The life of those who dwell in the secret place of the Most High may be called a Hidden Life, because the animating principle, the vital or operative element, is not so much in itself as in another. It is a life grafted into another life. It is the life of the soul, incorporated into the life of Christ; and in such a way, that, while it has a distinct vitality, it has so very much in the sense, in which the branch of a tree may be said to have a distinct vitality from the root.

Monday, March 14, 2016

On Hating Wrong-Doing

He who hates crime, or any kind of wrong­doing because wrong-doing is hateful in itself, does well; but he who, on analyzing his feelings, finds that he hates it, through fear of its punishment rather than from aversion to its nature, cannot with any good reason be said  to hate it at all.

Religious Maxims (1846) CLXII.

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