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old red book

Many years ago a very holy old Anglican priest of the old school died and left his “occasional book” to me. This book was a collection of quotations and words of wisdom that he had compiled over the years.

He was a very cultured and well educated man, like so many of the old Anglican priests were. They were the venerable father figures when I was a young priest, and sadly I don’t think there are very many of them left. They had been through the second world war and come home chastened and strengthened.

Many of them had been educated at Oxford and Cambridge and served humbly in the church in simple country parishes. I wished to be like them until the Church of England  went the way of the modern world.

The Big Red Book is his collection arranged according to the church calendar with readings for every day of the year.

He who knows Love–becomes Love, and his eyes behold Love in the heart of everyone, as the light of the sun is one with all it touches.

He is wise with undivided wisdom, for he lies in wisdom’s arms. His wanderings are done, for he has found the Source from which all things run.

He who knows Love, becomes love and he knows all beings are part of himself. Twin born of Love,  melted in Love’s own fire, his spirit flows into all earthly forms both below and above.

He is the breath and glamor of the rose, and the benediction of the dove.

–Elsa Barker