Literary and Spiritual Excerpts

An Exhortation to the Clergy in Convocation

Be not conformed to this world, but be you reformed by the renewing of your mind; that you may prove what is that good will of God, well-pleasing and perfect (Romans 12:2). This the Apostle ...

The Holy House of Walsingham

A noble widow sometime lady of this town Called Richeldis, living full virtuous, Desired of Our Lady a petition, Her to honour with some work bounteous. This Blessed Virgin and Lady most gracious Granted her ...

Treatise on Love

…sayeth now what Joy cometh and matter of Joy by [God’s] blessed presence. Anon at his coming the soul waxeth light and joyful, the conscience is clear and much in rest, the spirits that were ...

A Prayer for Forgiveness

O glorious Jesu, O meekest Jesu, O most sweetest Jesu, I pray that I may have true confession, contrition and satisfaction or I die. And that I may see and receive thy holy body, God ...

The Bhagavad Gita “Krishna Manifests Himself in His Glory”

Of many mouths and eyes, Of many wondrous aspects, Of many marvelous ornaments, Of marvelous and many uplifted weapons; Wearing marvelous garlands and garments, With marvelous perfumes and ointments, Made up of all wonders, the ...

The Narada Smriti

Truth is said to be the one unequalled means of purification of the soul. Truth is the ladder by which man ascends to heaven, as a ferry plies from one bank of a river to ...

The Vishnu Smriti

Even were he to die with him, a kinsman is unable to follow his dead relative: all excepting his wife are forbidden to follow him on the path of Yama [the god of death]…. Of ...

The Manu-Smrti

This universe existed in the shape of darkness, unperceived, destitute of distinctive marks, unattainable by reasoning, unknowable, wholly immersed, as it were, in deep sleep. Then the divine self-existent, himself indiscernible, but making all this, ...

The Satapatha-Brahmana (The Brahmana of the Hundred Paths)

Death spake unto the gods, “Surely, on this wise all men will become immortal, and what share will then be mine?” They spake, “Henceforward no one shall be immortal with the body: only when thou ...

The Atharva-veda

The great guardian among these gods sees as if from anear. He that thinketh he is moving stealthily — all this the gods know. If a man stands, walks, or sneaks about, if he goes ...

Al-Juwayni

[The prophets] bring both what reason cannot deny and would not be guided to independently; provisions of the Law, the Divine promises and threats, on which depend judgments and which reason would not perceive, even ...

Al-Ash’ari

Question: Is God free to inflict pain on infants in the next life? Answer: God is free to do that, and in doing it He would be just. Likewise, whenever He inflicts an infinite punishment ...

Official Proclamation of the First Thanksgiving

To all ye Pilgrims: Inasmuch as the great Father has given us this year an abundant harvest of Indian corn, wheat, peas, squashes, and garden vegetable, and has made the forest to abound with game ...

Al-Maturidi

The Maker must be one, since if there were two they would necessarily either concur or not concur in their creating. Now agreement would be evidence of the weakness of both or either of them, ...

Mary Karr

After ten months praying in a cave in Manresa, St. Ignatius received a vision that permitted him “to see God in all things” — the stated goal of his Spiritual Exercises, which are part of ...