Audio April 23, 2013 Lesson 92
Viktor Frankl, in Man’s Search for Meaning writes of being in a Concentration Camp – Auschwitz – and of “the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread…
They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances…in the final analysis it becomes clear that the sort of person the prisoner became was the result of an inner decision, and not the result of camp influences alone…Dostoyevski said once, “There is only one thing I dread: not to be worthy of my sufferings.”” –p 104-105.
“So the false self of the fallen apostle slipped away. It was enough…he saw no more enemies, he knew no more danger, he feared no more death…flinging the fold of his mantle over his head, he, too, like Judas rushed forth into the night…but not as Judas, into…outer darkness…but [instead] to “meet the morning dawn.”..If the angel of Innocence had left him, the angel of Repentance took him gently by the hand…this broken-hearted penitent…and…his old shame, his old weakness, his old self, was doomed to that death of godly sorrow which was to issue in a new and nobler birth.” – Frederic Farrar, The Life of Christ, 604.
“Contrary to what might be expected, I look back on experiences that at the time seemed especially desolating and painful with particular satisfaction. Indeed, I can say with complete truthfulness that everything I have learned in my seventy-five years in this world, everything that has truly enhanced and enlightened my existence, has been through affliction and not through happiness…” – Malcom Muggeridge
Audio: April 16, 2013 Lesson 91 – As I Have Loved You
“Divine mercy can best be applied by Him who knows these things that only He can know…The quiet moments of courage in the lives of His flock. The un-noticed acts of Christian service, the unspoken thoughts which can be credited in no other way except through perfect judgment…The self assigned gatekeeper is Jesus Christ, who awaits us out of a deep divine desire to welcome us as much as to certify us…If we acknowledge Him now, He will lovingly and gladly admit us then.” Neal A. Maxwell
“The hours that lay immediately ahead would change the meaning of all human history. It would be the crowning moment of eternity. The most miraculous of all the miracles. It would be the supreme contribution to a plan designed from before the foundation of the world for the happiness of every man, woman, and child who would ever live in it. The hour of atoning sacrifice had come. Gods own Son, His only Begotten Son in the flesh, was about to become the Savior of the world.” Jeffrey R. Holland
“Jesus is the Father’s gift to all men. In offering His Son as He did, our Father in Heaven has shown us our truest example of pure love. Out of His divine love came a willingness to endure the sacrifice of His Son. The incomparable suffering in Gethsemane; the abuse by Jews and Romans; the mockery of a trial; the pain and horror of a crucifixion. Why? Because our Father in Heaven loves us and knew that we could return to Him only through the Atonement of Jesus.” (Orange) New Testament Institute Manual, pg. 161, 1978
“Men and women who turn their lives over to God will discover that He can make a lot more out of our lives than they can. He will deepen their joys, expand their vision, quicken their minds, strengthen their muscles, lift their spirits, multiply their blessings, increase their opportunities, comfort their souls, raise up friends, and pour out peace.”
President Ezra Taft Benson