Personal Religion and the Life of Devotion

Personal Religion and the Life of Devotion

Personal Religion and the Life of Devotion

Personal Religion and the Life of Devotion

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I feel very grateful to the Dean of St. Paul's for writing this beautiful little book for us, and especially for unveiling his soul to us in the last chapter.

We were all with him in spirit and sympathy when he so bravely gave back his beloved little daughter to God just before last Easter, but it is not easy for a naturally reserved man to write about such a sorrow in order to help others, and I feel certain that his many readers throughout the world will be grateful to him for doing so. It will strengthen many mourners to learn that "bereavement is the deepest initiation into the mysteries of human life, an initiation more searching and profound than even happy love. Love remembered and consecrated by grief belongs, more clearly than the happy intercourse of friends, to the eternal world; it has proved stronger than death." (p. 88.)

But it is not only in the last chapter that the author of this book has revealed the secret of his own life. I well remember--and he will forgive my recalling it-- an intimate conversation which I once had with him . . .

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