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THE WORDS OF JESUS
Arranged in order of time :
AS A DAILY COMPANION,
EPITOME OF THE GOSPEL,
AND TREASURY OF MENTAL PRAYER.
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TO THE DEVOUT CHILDREN
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OF THE MOST SACRED WORDS
OF ETERNAL LIFE
IN THE AFFECTIONATE HOPE THAT,
THROUGH THE INTERCESSION OF OUR HOLY FATHER,
IT MAY CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS FORMING IN THEM,
BY DIVINE GRACE,
WHICH WAS ALSO IN CHRIST JESUS
“The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life."-St. John vi. 64.
Vos ut doceret, induit
Wrapp'd in a voice of mortal mould,
The Father's viewless Word,
That selfsame voice is heard.
HYMN TO THE EVANGELISTS,
in the Monastic Breviary of Cluny.
The collection of our dear Lord's most gracious and life-giving words here presented to the reader, does not make any pretension to originality; being little more than the Verba a Christo prolata of the Scripturæ Sacræ Cursus Completus, harmonised agreeably with the Concordia Evangelica in the same admirable Series. Its object cannot, perhaps, be better expressed than in the language of those to whom, as far as the Editor is aware, the first idea of it is due.
“In a former volume,” remark the Editors of the Cursus, “we exhibited in one connection all those passages of the Old Testament which are quoted by our Lord Jesus Christ and His Apostles in the New ; here, in a similar manner, we bring together, under one view, our Lord's own sacred oracles, as respectively recorded by His four Evangelists. The devout soul will thus be at liberty to contemplate in one context, without break or hindrance, those all-divino utterances, which, issuing from the lips of uncreated Wisdom, were committed to Holy Scripture, by in.