Friday, October 28, 2016

All in All

O Almighty God, inspire us with this divine principle: kill in us all the seeds of envy and ill-will; and help us, by cultivating within ourselves the love of our neighbor, to improve in the love of thee. Thou hast placed us in various kindreds, friendships, and relations, as the school of discipline for our affections: help us, by the due exercise of them, to improve to perfection; till all partial affection be lost in that entire universal one, and thou, O God, shalt be all in all!

Joseph Butler, Fifteen Sermons Preached at the Rolls Chapel, Sermon XII, "Upon Love of Our Neighbour".

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