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Audio December 4, 2012
What if Earth
Be but the shadow of Heav’n, and things therein
Each to other like, more than on earth is thought?
John Milton, Paradise Lost, Bk V, I. 574
The Rabbis said: “We are not to contrive the death of the Gentiles, but if they are in any danger of death we are not bound to deliver them, e.g. if any of them fall into the sea you need not take him out, for such a one is not thy neighbor.”
J. R. Dummelow, A Commentary, 751.
“Ever keep in exercise…mercy…Forgive…even our enemy before he repent or ask forgiveness…the Father will then be equally merciful to us.”
Joseph Smith, History of the Church, 3, 383.
“We are sailing in this life as through a sea, and the wind rises…[but] Jesus is sleeping in thee…thy faith in Jesus is slumbering in thy heart…Rouse Him and say Master, we perish. He will awaken, that is, thy faith will return to thee…”
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
from “The Second Coming” by William Butler Yeats