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depth within us answering back to still profounder depths without

There's no begging here for "daily bread.” It is the grateful acceptance of our part, the performance of our task, the touching of one chord reverberating in the sympathy of universal harmony. It is the anthem ringing clear from within the holy of holies—the response of omnipresent life to omnipresent Life.

The enrichment of present existence, the lifting of burdens that press others down, is the greatest good; and the Christ-like man is he that stretches forth a helping hand and leads to that better way without regard to creeds, beliefs, or future promiseshe lives the truth.

The greatest good that any man can do is to inspire a love for the higher life in the mind of another. “For his or her sake" forms a very large part of the motive for human action. The crowning point in a human life is where, having begotten love, the influence engendered is used to stimulate the noblest qualities into action. -Selected.

All great men have a curious under-sense of powerlessness, feeling that the greatness is not in them, but through them, that they could not do or be anything else than God made them. And they see something divine and God-made in every other man they meet.Ruskin.

The universal love and the spirit of joyful service toward all is the strongest and holiest tie thou canst have with thy friend, and begets the deepest satisfaction. I come unto my friend as to a shrine, and my friend unto me.—"Trinities and Sanctities"

"The soul that is in earnest does not stop to count the cost."

BY ALIDA CHANLER EMMET.

In the spiritual life there are two states. The first is the positive, or affirmative, and is expressed by the words I am; the second is the negative, or receptive, and is expressed by the words I receive. The former of these states is represented by man, who is an ultimate expression or image of God, and the second by woman, who is the intermediary source of that expression.

The meaning of woman is non-resistance to force; and by obedience to this law in the higher sense she becomes the chief channel of inspiration to man from God. She is subjective, he objective; she is receptive, he positive or affirmative.

The giving and receiving between the sexes have been too much restricted to their personalities; hence passion, overnourished, has concentrated the force of life on the lower or selfish nature of man. Man's soul has failed to receive its due nourishment from woman; his lower nature has fed on her passion, and he has starved spiritually and morally—at times almost to annihilation.

The present need of the world, therefore, is a new womanhood: one that shall be a purely spiritual force, and shall free itself from man's lower nature and become the inspiration of his higher consciousness—the sap of his tree of knowledge and of life. Woman must become independent of personal passion in order that she may receive the full influx of wisdom from God, untainted by the lower nature of man. This condition of purity and freedom is prefigured by the Incarnation; it was essential to the birth of Christ, and is essential to the moral life of the generations to come. It is not by resistance to man that this state of freedom can be reached, but by nonresistance or receptivity to God, by which, the power of man's

lower nature being annulled, there shall be born men and women that shall express the perfect union of the sexes and walk as gods on earth.

It is not in a literal or individual sense that the divine conception need be repeated, but in a general and moral one. Women, freed from ties of prejudice, conventionality, and mistaken sentiment, will do their work as wives and mothers in the world at large—in the business and political as well as in the social world. But, in order that good may come of this broader life and field, they must bring their woman nature into full play in all their dealings with the world.

world. And this woman nature must be purged of over-indulged passion, of vanity, and of personal ambition; for it is through the soul freed from the love of self that divine wisdom flows without obstruction. If woman lack this higher receptivity, her proper heritage and meaning, she becomes either the source and reflection of man's lower nature or a being without its full powers, creating the stagnation of which John speaks in Revelation, "Because thou art neither cold nor hot I will spew thee out of my mouth.”

It was not to women alone, however, that these words were addressed; men, when out of their sphere of positive action, become as stagnant pools. But the sin of inertia has been little seen in man. His love of self, fed by woman's passion, has sent him into the world creating and destroying to his own ends, and has annulled the consciousness of his and of woman's relation to life. Yet, as home life has not been man's only field, he has, in a measure, thriven and grown strong through the labor of his hands and brain, and by putting to use the fire that has been his daily food.

Woman, on the contrary, has understood her destiny to be man-man alone, and in the personal sense. Her home has been her world, and she has made it a beautiful one; but inasmuch as it has been a limited world, a world of personalities, her influence on man has been restricted. She could not give

him a knowledge of life broader than the life she lived-one that began and ended in his love. Therefore, her inspiration was necessarily personal and led to personal ends—to an expression of himself rather than of God.

As woman's influence on man has been restricted her own development has been greatly hampered. Man has received his impetus from woman, has loved and cared for her, and has then gone forth to produce the fruits of this impetus; but woman, believing man to be her source of inspiration and her destiny, has lived on that part of his life which has been hers, namely, on his love, sympathy, and protection.

The dawn of woman's true work and destiny is rapidly approaching—is now here; but before this light is fully reached woman must go through the fire of purification. She must awake to the consciousness of her mission.

The Incarnation and the Resurrection are two great instances of the highest spiritual growth-instances of the power of mind over matter, of soul over body. They show the breaking away of the spirit from conditions outgrown. There was no man living worthy to be the father of the Christ. A woman then, born of the necessity of her times, proved the meaning and power of her sex, namely, that of the recipient of God and the giver to man.

The power of the Incarnation and of the life and teaching of Jesus has been striving through the centuries to be brought to the use of humanity. There may no longer be the need of a Virgin Mother, or of a crucified Savior, but there is the need of a pure and enlightened womanhood and of a self-abnegating manhood.

The work of woman, therefore, is one of being rather than of doing; one of clarity of vision, by which, through man, will come purity and nobility of action. But, in order that her powers may be increased, she must have a broader field. As man gives of his strength to the world as well as to his home, so woman must give of herself to the world as well as to her husband and children; and in so doing she need not spend the strength abroad that is needed at home. It may be more in sympathy and thought than in action that her work is to be accomplished; but her nature must be free—free from vanity and over-concentrated affection, and open to the highest inspiration, which, having received, she cannot fail to devote to the highest and broadest ends.

When you have learned, through your soul's deep experience, that the indwelling Spirit is the source of all true living and high service, Nature, which now seems to you a vast machine, will be transfigured into the shining vesture of the Eternal; and the inner chambers of your soul, ever open to the celestial sunrise, shall be filled with its unclouded peace.-"Light on the Hidden Way.”

us.

We expect immediate results. We wish, we plan, we pray for them. Not God's law, but the law of our impatience, governs

We fret at delays, at slow, small gains; consider them unnatural-wisen they are simply the inevitable laws of progress, the conditions through which all things inevitably pass in their way to accomplishment.-J. F. W. Ware.

If you wish to be miserable, you must think about yourself, about what you want, what you like, what respect people ought to pay you; and then to you nothing will be pure. You will spoil everything you touch. You will make sin and misery for yourself out of everything that God sends you. You will be as wretched as you choose.-Charles Kingsley.

Love is the fulfilling of the law, not because it stands instead of other things-truth, justice, and so forth—but because it leads on to these, and supplies the moral motive power for them.-Brooke Herford.

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