The more of this book (The Friendship of Christ) I read on saintly sages, the more convinced I am that I would like to read the whole of it!
Father Benson remarks: “It is unnecessary to enlarge upon the very evident humanity of the Priest. No priest is mad enough to forget it even for an instant. Even if his personal complacency should blind him to his own defects, society will very soon remind him of it by the examples of others. Again and again, some unhappy priest, seeming to rise step by step in the spiritual life, extending his influence and his reputation, gathering admirers and dependents round him, suddenly offers to the world a heart-breaking reminder of his own weak humanity. . . . Certainly, priests are but men. Why, then, is the world so shocked to find them men, unless subconsciously at least it is aware that they are a great deal more?”
“They are Ambassadors of Christ; and Christ is present in them as a King is present in his accredited Representative. Christ expressly commissions…
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