Letters of Pope Clement XIV (Ganganelli), to which are Prefixed Anecdotes of His Life: Trans. from the French


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Side 189 - When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me: Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him. The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me: and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.
Side 31 - ... eye hath not seen, nor the ear heard, nor hath it entered into the heart of man to conceive ; but which Thou hast prepared for them who love Thee.
Side 23 - Yet, perhaps, man is not so malignant as is imagined : idleness leads him into mere excesses than perversity. Opportunities of doing mischief rise in crowds round the man who is unemployed; I pretend not to paint man such as he is, but I have said enough to give a just idea of him, and oblige him to own, that when he unites himself to God, he is a whole, but when separated from him, nothing. Reason, without religion, like those luminous exhalations which rise in the bosom of night, enlighten only...
Side 30 - ... am not surprized, that to the Christian philosophers, death was a continual subject of meditation. When rightly viewed, it offers to mankind nothing but what is great, nothing but what is. cheering. But we judge of it only by the sepulchral horrors ; that is, by what has a relation solely to our body, and then it appears to us the most frightful...
Side 105 - ... even in the middle of the night ; endowed with a fertility which makes her bud and bring forth fruit for time and for eternity : watered with a miraculous dew, by which^ like nature, she is at once embellished and refreshed' : she has her diamonds, her pearls, her metals, her plants, her flowers.
Side 164 - Had I viewed only the glory of this world, I would have said to Death, when he presented to me the cup of bitterness,
Side 17 - The man, conversant with himself, lives almost perpetually in an enemy's country : boiling blood, a wandering imagination, contradictory desires, fiery passions, raise an intestine war, often attended by the most fatal consequences. — He who desires to guide himself by the rules of wisdom. must pass his life in a continual struggle: for in us there are two men, the terrestrial and the spiritual, who are incessantly at war, and agree only when enlightened Reason is the pilot, and an upright heart...
Side 165 - I know not when, or if ever I shall resume it. , ; A moment's ease, after seven days and nights of continual pain, puts the pen again into my hand. One thing comforts me, that by the favour of heaven my mind acquires strength as my body decays, and there is only one thing that gives me real affliction. I have not done all the good I ought to have done, for which reason I earnestly...
Side 29 - Thus must we re-unite the present with the future, the earth with heaven ; in a word, this world with the other, in order to be thoroughly acquainted with man ; for, in fact, he so appertains to the...
Side 20 - Reason when he attributes those astonishing operations to the inert mass of his body, and dares to attribute the honour of them to the acrimony of his bile, or the quick circulation of his blood. None but a spiritual tual being can produce immaterial ideas.

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