Monday, August 31, 2015

The power to be spiritual

Rt. Rev. Phillips Brooks (1835-1893) is best remembered today as author of the Christmas carol, O Little Town of Bethlehem. Few know that he went to Boston Latin School and Harvard University before studying at Virginia Theological Seminary. He was ordained an Episcopal priest in 1860 and opposed slavery during the Civil War. He helped design (and was pastor of) Trinity Church, where worshippers still gather today in Boston's Back Bay. His sermons contained many memorable quotes, and my favorite describes the countless caring individuals featured on this blog, Here it is.

"God has not given us vast learning to solve all the problems, or unfailing wisdom to direct all the wanderings of our brothers' lives, but He has given to every one of us the power to be spiritual, and by our spirituality to lift and enlarge and enlighten the lives we touch."

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