Friday, September 18, 2009

Edward Bouverie Pusey (1800-1882): Priest, Tractarian, Saint

"Holiness is made for all. It is the end for which we were made; for which we were redeemed; for which God the Holy Ghost is sent down and 'shed abroad in the hearts' which will receive him. God willed not to create us as perfect. He willed that we, through grace, should become perfect...

The mistake of mistakes is to think that holiness consists in great or extraordinary things beyond the reach of ordinary people. It has been well said, 'Holiness does not consist in doing uncommon things, but in doing common things uncommonly well.'...

It is not by great things, but by great diligence in little everyday things that thou canst show great love for God, and become greatly holy, and a saint of God...But every one can study the will of God and can give great diligence to know it and to do what he knows. Everyone can, by the grace of God, be faithful to what he knows. Your daily round of duty is your daily path to come nearer to God..."
(From a sermon of Edward Bourverie Pusey)

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