Monks and Their Decline

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G. Zurcher, 1898 - Monasticism and religious orders - 88 pages
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Page 68 - Bishoprick, as you know, gives me no worldly advantages, and is very burthensome. Can I promote the honor of God more, by relinquishing than by retaining it? Into whose hands could the Diocese be committed, who would not perhaps thwart the establishment of the Society and oppose a reinvestment in it of the property formerly possessed, and still so providently retained ? These considerations have hitherto withheld my coadjutor and myself from coming to a resolution of returning to the Society.
Page 56 - ... its splendour attracts and absorbs the wealth of two parishes, but maintains no schools, and contributes nothing to the education of the poor at its very door. I could say much more, but I forbear. 2. The Redemptorists came to London as a missionary order, and I cheerfully approved of and authorised their coming. When they were settled down, I spoke to them of my cherished plan of missions to and among the poor. I was told that this was not the purpose of their Institute in towns, "and that another...
Page 55 - ... applied to their Superior to establish here a community in due form of some ten or twelve fathers. I also asked for missionaries to give retreats to congregations, etc. I was answered on both heads, that dearth of subjects made it impossible. Hence we have under them only a church, which by its splendour attracts and absorbs the wealth of two parishes, but maintains no schools, and contributes nothing to the education of the poor at its very door.
Page 56 - Having believed, having preached, having assured bishops and clergy that in no great city could the salvation of multitudes be carried out by the limited parochial clergy, but that religious communities alone can, and will, undertake the huge work of converting and preserving the corrupted masses, I have acted on this conviction, I have introduced, or greatly encouraged, the establishment of five religious congregations in my diocese, and I am just (for the great work) where I first began ! Not one...
Page 36 - Sunday traffic, nor to patronize or countenance it. And we not only direct the attention of all pastors to the repression of this abuse, but we also call upon them to induce all of their flocks that may be engaged in the sale of liquors to abandon as soon as they can the -•dangerous traffic, and to embrace a more becoming way of making a living.
Page 8 - For I would that all men were even as myself: but every one hath his proper gift from God ; one after this manner, and another after that.
Page 67 - Chapter declare for themselves, and as far as they can for their constituents, that they will to the best of their power promote and effect an absolute and entire restoration to the Society of Jesus, if it should please Almighty God to re-establish it in this country...
Page 36 - There is one way of profaning the Lord's Day which is so prolific of evil results that we consider it our duty to utter against it a special condemnation. This is the practice of selling beer or other liquors on Sunday, or of frequenting places where they are sold.
Page 56 - If it appear to you that there is nothing to be done, and that I have been wrong in expecting from religious Orders the active assistance which I anticipated, I will beg two or three things from you. First, such assistance as your influence will enable you to give towards the establishment of a Community such as I have described, for supplying the wants of the diocese ; secondly, your prayers for the success of my endeavours and plans ; thirdly, a charitable judgment of the efforts made. This I add,...
Page 10 - HDE i, p. 361) we learn that after die arrival of King Ceolwulf, licence was given to the monks of the church at Lindisfarne to drink wine and beer; for previously they were in the habit of drinking only milk and water, according to the old tradition of St Aidan. CHAPTER VII (p. 174) Alhfrith. We...

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