Audio October 8, 2013 Lesson 5
The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;
And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
And wears man’s smudge and shares man’s smell: the soil
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.
And for all this, nature is never spent;
There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last light off the black West went
Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs –
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.
Gerard Manley Hopkins
“He [Paul, the apostle] is about five feet high; very dark hair; dark complexion; dark skin; large Roman nose; sharp face; small black eyes, penetrating a eternity; round shoulders; a whining voice, except when elevated, and then it almost resembled the roaring of a lion. He was a good orator, active and diligent, always employing himself in doing good to his fellow man.” Joseph Smith, Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 180.
“No thinker has ever entered into another thinker’s solitude.”
Martin Heidegger, German philosopher
“At length they saw a man coming (namely Paul), of a low stature, bald (or shaved) on the head, crooked thighs, handsome legs, hollow-eyes; had a crooked nose; full of grace…Sometimes he appeared as a man; sometimes he had the countenance of an angel.” Acts of Paul and Thecla, 100. (Aprocryphal book).
“[We learn] the greatest and most important of all lessons when we mark in a struggling soul the triumph of the grace of God. When we see a man, weak like ourselves, tempted like ourselves…but enabled…to conquer temptations, to trample on selfishness…to [build] a great and holy life.” F. Farrar, The Life of Jesus, 5.