The little flowers of Saint Benet

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Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner, 1901 - 126 pages
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Page 63 - Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!
Page 84 - I say to thee that thou art Peter ; and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of Heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven...
Page 41 - The old enemy of mankind, not taking this in good part, did, not now privily or in a dream, but in open sight, present himself to the eyes of that holy father, and with great outcries complained that he had offered him violence. The noise which he made the monks did hear, but himself they could not see : but as the venerable father told them he appeared visibly unto him most fell and cruel, and as though, with his fiery mouth and flaming eyes, he would have torn him in pieces : what the devil said...
Page 10 - God's grace, he came to himself; and seeing many thick briers and nettle-bushes to grow hard by, off he cast his apparel, and threw himself into the midst of them, and there wallowed so long, that when he rose up all his flesh was pitifully torn : and so by the wounds of his body he cured the wounds of his soul, in that he turned pleasure into pain...
Page 93 - At such time as there was a great dearth in Campania, the man of God had given away all the wealth of the abbey to poor people so that in the cellar there was nothing left but a little oil in a glass. A certain sub-deacon called Agapitus came unto him, instantly craving that he would bestow a little oil upon him. Our Lord's servant, that was resolved to give away all upon earth that he might find all in heaven, commanded that oil to be given him; but the monk that kept the cellar heard what the father...
Page 62 - have not received the spirit of this world, "but the spirit which is of God."6 And for this cause he saith :
Page 42 - Bennet,' and yet found that he gave him no answer, straightway he would turn his tune, and say : ' Cursed Bennet, and not blessed : what hast thou to do with me ? and why dost thou thus persecute me ?' Wherefore new battles of the old enemy against the servant of God are to be looked for, against whom willingly did he make war, but against his will did he give him occasion of many notable victories.
Page 110 - I desired you to stay, and you would not hear me, I have desired our good Lord, and he hath vouchsafed to grant my petition: wherefore if you can now depart, in God's name return to your monastery, and leave me here alone.
Page 5 - ... running forward, cometh to be a river. As he was travelling to this place, a certain monk, called Romanus, met him, and demanded whither he went ; and, understanding his purpose, he both kept it close, furthered him what he might, vested him with the habit of holy conversation, and, as he could, did minister and serve him. The man of God...
Page 2 - ... the neighbours a sieve to make clean wheat, which being left negligently upon the table, by chance it was broken in two pieces : whereupon she fell pitifully a weeping, because she had borrowed it. The devout and religious youth Bennet, seeing his nurse so lamenting, moved with compassion, took away with him both the pieces of the sieve, and with tears fell to his prayers ; and after he had done, rising up he found it so whole, that the place could not be seen where before it was broken ; and...

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