Front Cover
 Half Title
 Title Page
 The absent guests
 The lost sheep
 Forget and forgive
 The fisherman
 Return good for evil
 The hungry fed
 Figs and thistles
 The rocks again
 The proud sinner
 The deaf man
 Who is my neighbour?
 The grateful stranger
 The lilies
 The widow's son
 Pride and humility
 The two commandments
 The Christian's armour
 The wedding garment
 The unforgiving servant
 Sidney Bernard
 The lord our righteousness
 The first coming
 The Bible
 The New Testament
 The saviour's messenger
 Back Cover

Title: Pleasent Sundays
Full Citation
Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00003281/00001
 Material Information
Title: Pleasent Sundays
Alternate Title: Pleasant Sundays for the young good
Physical Description: 390, <19> p, <4> leaves of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 15 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Cousens, Frances Upcher
Dean & Son ( Publisher )
Publisher: Dean and Son
Place of Publication: London
Publication Date: 1857
Copyright Date: 1857
Subject: Christian life -- Juvenile literature   ( lcsh )
Bible stories, English -- Juvenile literature   ( lcsh )
Dialogues -- 1857   ( rbgenr )
Hymns -- 1857   ( rbgenr )
Embossed cloth bindings (Binding) -- 1857   ( rbbin )
Bldn -- 1857
Genre: Dialogues   ( rbgenr )
Hymns   ( rbgenr )
Embossed cloth bindings (Binding)   ( rbbin )
non-fiction   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: England -- London
Summary: This series contains the stories of the 27th to 51st Sunday. Each Sunday stands out as an individual chapter which has a title (as the main theme) and the story is narrated through the dialogues between a mother and a daughter (Alice). Each Sunday (chapter) ends with a hymn (without music)
General Note: Date from inscription.
General Note: Frontispiece and added t.p., engraved and colored.
Statement of Responsibility: by Frances Upcher Cousens.
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: UF00003281
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: ltqf - AAA4432
notis - ALG5084
oclc - 47055480
alephbibnum - 002224816

Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Front Cover 1
        Front Cover 2
    Half Title
        Half Title 1
        Half Title 2
    Title Page
        Title Page 1
        Title Page 2
        Title Page 3
        Title Page 4
        Frontispiece 1
        Frontispiece 2
    The absent guests
        Page 1
        Page 2
        Page 3
        Page 4
        Page 5
        Page 6
        Page 7
        Page 8
        Page 9
        Page 10
        Page 11
        Page 12
        Page 13
        Page 14
        Page 15
        Page 16
        Page 17
        Page 18
        Page 19
        Page 20
    The lost sheep
        Page 21
        Page 22
        Page 23
        Page 24
        Page 25
        Page 26
        Page 27
        Page 28
        Page 29
        Page 30
        Page 31
        Page 32
        Page 33
        Page 34
        Page 35
    Forget and forgive
        Page 36
        Page 37
        Page 38
        Page 39
        Page 40
        Page 41
        Page 42
        Page 43
        Page 44
        Page 45
        Page 46
        Page 47
        Page 48
        Page 49
        Page 50
        Page 51
        Page 52
    The fisherman
        Page 53
        Page 54
        Page 55
        Page 56
        Page 57
        Page 58
        Page 59
        Page 60
        Page 61
        Page 62
        Page 63
        Page 64
        Page 65
    Return good for evil
        Page 66
        Page 67
        Page 68
        Page 69
        Page 70
        Page 71
        Page 72
        Page 73
        Page 74
        Page 75
        Page 76
        Page 77
        Page 78
        Page 79
        Page 80
        Page 81
        Page 82
    The hungry fed
        Page 83
        Page 84
        Page 85
        Page 86
        Page 87
        Page 88
        Page 89
        Page 90
        Page 91
        Page 92
        Page 93
        Page 94
        Page 95
        Page 96
    Figs and thistles
        Page 97
        Page 98
        Page 99
        Page 100
        Page 101
        Page 102
        Page 102a
        Page 102b
        Page 103
        Page 104
        Page 105
        Page 106
        Page 107
        Page 108
    The rocks again
        Page 109
        Page 110
        Page 111
        Page 112
        Page 113
        Page 114
        Page 115
        Page 116
        Page 117
        Page 118
        Page 119
        Page 120
        Page 121
        Page 122
        Page 123
        Page 124
        Page 125
        Page 126
        Page 127
        Page 128
        Page 129
        Page 130
        Page 131
        Page 132
        Page 133
        Page 134
    The proud sinner
        Page 135
        Page 136
        Page 137
        Page 138
        Page 139
        Page 140
        Page 141
        Page 142
        Page 143
        Page 144
        Page 145
        Page 146
        Page 147
        Page 148
        Page 149
    The deaf man
        Page 150
        Page 151
        Page 152
        Page 153
        Page 154
        Page 155
        Page 156
        Page 157
        Page 158
        Page 159
        Page 160
        Page 161
        Page 162
        Page 163
    Who is my neighbour?
        Page 164
        Page 165
        Page 166
        Page 167
        Page 168
        Page 169
        Page 170
        Page 171
        Page 172
        Page 173
        Page 174
        Page 175
        Page 176
        Page 176a
        Page 176b
        Page 177
        Page 178
        Page 179
        Page 180
    The grateful stranger
        Page 181
        Page 182
        Page 183
        Page 184
        Page 185
        Page 186
        Page 187
        Page 188
        Page 189
        Page 190
        Page 191
        Page 192
        Page 193
        Page 194
    The lilies
        Page 195
        Page 196
        Page 197
        Page 198
        Page 199
        Page 200
        Page 201
        Page 202
        Page 202a
        Page 202b
        Page 203
        Page 204
        Page 205
        Page 206
    The widow's son
        Page 207
        Page 208
        Page 209
        Page 210
        Page 211
        Page 212
        Page 213
        Page 214
        Page 215
        Page 216
        Page 216a
        Page 216b
        Page 217
        Page 218
        Page 219
        Page 220
        Page 221
    Pride and humility
        Page 222
        Page 223
        Page 224
        Page 225
        Page 226
        Page 227
        Page 228
        Page 229
        Page 230
        Page 231
        Page 232
        Page 233
        Page 234
    The two commandments
        Page 235
        Page 236
        Page 237
        Page 238
        Page 239
        Page 240
        Page 241
        Page 242
        Page 243
        Page 244
        Page 245
        Page 246
        Page 247
        Page 248
        Page 249
    The Christian's armour
        Page 250
        Page 251
        Page 252
        Page 253
        Page 254
        Page 255
        Page 256
        Page 257
        Page 258
        Page 259
        Page 260
        Page 261
        Page 262
    The wedding garment
        Page 263
        Page 264
        Page 265
        Page 266
        Page 267
        Page 268
        Page 269
        Page 270
        Page 271
        Page 272
        Page 273
        Page 274
        Page 275
        Page 276
    The unforgiving servant
        Page 277
        Page 278
        Page 279
        Page 280
        Page 281
        Page 282
        Page 283
        Page 284
        Page 285
        Page 286
        Page 287
        Page 288
        Page 289
        Page 290
    Sidney Bernard
        Page 291
        Page 292
        Page 293
        Page 294
        Page 295
        Page 296
        Page 297
        Page 298
        Page 299
        Page 300
        Page 301
        Page 302
        Page 303
        Page 304
        Page 305
        Page 306
        Page 307
        Page 308
        Page 309
        Page 310
        Page 311
        Page 312
    The lord our righteousness
        Page 313
        Page 314
        Page 315
        Page 316
        Page 317
        Page 318
        Page 319
        Page 320
        Page 321
        Page 322
        Page 323
        Page 324
    The first coming
        Page 325
        Page 326
        Page 327
        Page 328
        Page 329
        Page 330
        Page 331
        Page 332
        Page 333
        Page 334
        Page 335
        Page 336
        Page 337
        Page 338
        Page 339
        Page 340
        Page 341
        Page 342
        Page 343
        Page 344
    The Bible
        Page 345
        Page 346
        Page 347
        Page 348
        Page 349
        Page 350
        Page 351
        Page 352
        Page 353
        Page 354
        Page 355
        Page 356
        Page 357
        Page 358
        Page 359
        Page 360
        Page 361
        Page 362
    The New Testament
        Page 363
        Page 364
        Page 365
        Page 366
        Page 367
        Page 368
        Page 369
        Page 370
        Page 371
        Page 372
        Page 373
        Page 374
        Page 375
        Page 376
    The saviour's messenger
        Page 377
        Page 378
        Page 379
        Page 380
        Page 381
        Page 382
        Page 383
        Page 384
        Page 385
        Page 386
        Page 387
        Page 388
        Page 389
        Page 390
        Page 391
        Page 392
        Page 393
        Page 394
        Page 395
        Page 396
        Page 397
        Page 398
        Page 399
        Page 400
        Page 401
        Page 402
        Page 403
        Page 404
        Page 405
        Page 406
        Page 407
        Page 408
        Page 409
        Page 410
        Page 411
        Page 412
        Page 413
        Page 414
        Page 415
        Page 416
        Page 417
        Page 418
        Page 419
        Page 420
        Page 421
        Page 422
        Page 423
        Page 424
        Page 425
        Page 426
    Back Cover
        Page 427
        Page 428
Full Text




The Baldwin Library

rIIP;P~mR W~VW1-"1rI-INI --I- - W

/ ^


^^^ ''-'' ....f










1' .

/ Il I

III /II re




MAMA.-I suppose you can tell me,
my dear Alice, what was the subject
of the Epistle. You must have re-
membered, while you were reading it,
all I said to you yesterday about the
value of time.
ALICE.-Yes, mama, I did indeed
remember it. You told me about re-
deeming the time. That to redeem,
meant to buy anything back, which
we had once lost. But you said, once
time was really gone, no power could
bring it back.


MAMA.-And you perceive the
Epistle and the Gospel of to-day both
lead to the same point. The one
teaches us to make the best of the
time, while it is given to us, to learn
God's will and to do it; and the other
shows the fatal effects of not coming
to God, when He invites us to come.
ALICE.-I was just thinking this
afternoon, mama, how fast the time
does slip away. Only think, it is
half-a-year since you told me the first
story. And when I was going to
read in my Happy Sundays," I
found I had to begin a new book. I
was just as much surprised as Robert
was, mama, that the days went so
fast; and I began thinking, that if
you were to put the stories you have
told me, on all these Sundays into
a book, we should have to begin a
new book too.
MAMA.-I think it would take a
very large book, to hold all I have told


you, and all I hope to tell you this
year. But your little head is my
book, and I hope all I have said is
kept in it, and remembered.
ALICE.-I do try to remember it,
and I like you to talk to me. I think
I am as happy as Robert used to be,
when his mama told him the story
about the wicked people who made
excuses and would not come to the
wedding-supper. But, mama, people
now would not be so wicked and dis-
obedient as not to go when they were
really sent 'for ?
MAMA.-Indeed, my daughter, there
are many people who will not heed
the kind invitations of their Saviour
to come and learn of Him to be meek
and lowly; to come and taste His
holy Supper, and His love. But this
is rather more than you would be able
to understand; so I shall tell how God
can, in other ways, punish those who
are disobedient to His word, and who



would not attend to the call of duty,
and go where they ought, and when
they ought.
ALICE.-I sometimes don't come
just when you want me. I hope you
don't mean me, mama ?
MAMA.-I am sorry to be obliged
to own that you do not always obey
my call as readily and promptly as I
could wish, and it is to teach you the
evil of not doing this which induces
me to tell you this story. I once knew
some children who would not go to
see their kind father when he was
dying, because they were proud and
disobedient; and as they were absent
guests" in this world, and would not
listen to the voice of their earthly
parent, I fear they may be absent
guests when their Heavenly Father
invites them, and then they will be
punished accordingly.
ALICE.-Oh, dp please, mama, tell
me all about them.


MMAM.-I will do so, but you must
not interrupt me every minute with
questions, as you do when I am ex-
plaining the texts to you, for it is
rather a long history.
In one of those secluded dells which
are to be met with not unfrequently in
the north of England, surrounded by
inaccessible mountains, whose lofty
crests proclaim the mightiness and
power of the Omnipotent Creator of
all, was a small, a very small hamlet.
Few were the tenements it could boast,
and lowly, but from amongst them
one might be singled out, betokening,
from the taste displayed in the exte-
rior, as well as the interior, that its
inhabitants belonged to the higher
ranks of life. This pretty but unpre-
tending cottage was occupied by an
invalid gentleman and his wife. Her
name, unknown upon earth, is, we
may humbly trust, registered in heaven,
for of such is the kingdom of heaven.


Years had told their tale on the man,
yet it was not age so much as misfor-
tune which had furrowed his brow and
whitened his hair, but now a calm and
holy serenity showed that, though the
sprightliness of youth had passed away,
there was that peace within which
passeth man's understanding-a peace
which the world cannot give or take
away. Mr. Mortimer had seen his
threescore years and ten, and he was
now preparing to lie down and sleep
in Jesus, and he was happy to depart
and be at rest. With the patriarch
of old, he would exclaim, Few and
evil have been the days of my pilgrim-
age here on earth." But there was
one wish yet to be fulfilled, for on this
earth we cannot find perpetually a
cloudless sky; and o'er the sunniest
landscape the shadows of life must
fall. Early in life Mr. Mortimer had
realized great gains as a merchant.
Living in a large house in London,


and possessed of much wealth, he had
married a lady much younger than
himself, of high birth and talents, and,
above all, rich in that one thing need-
ful, the pearl of great price-that sav-
ing knowledge which can alone make
us wise unto salvation, and heirs of
that inheritance which fadeth not away.
She no sooner discovered her hus-
band's ignorance of religious truths
than she strove by every means in her
power to lead him to the Saviour, and
make him sensible that there was a
great and mighty want of his nature
unsupplied within, and that it was the
boundless, the unsearchable love of One
all powerful to heal, who, by His one
sacrifice, redeemed us from the curse
of the law ; and having made a full,
perfect, and sufficient atonement for
our sins, for ever sat down on the
right hand of God. For, as St. Paul
says, Without controversy, great is
the mystery of godliness. God was


manifest in the flesh, justified in the
spirit, seen of angels, preached unto
the gentiles, believed on in the world,
received up into glory." She loved him
fondly, and that love it was which had
so strangely blinded her to this imper-
fection in his truly estimable character;
and now she set herself to remedy it.
But so firmly had the world set its
mark upon him, and engulphed him in
its ambitious desires after the things
of this life, that she would, estimable
and amiable as she was, have been
taught the sad and bitter lesson of the
deceitfulness of all human hopes (in
that the heart is desperately wicked,
who can know it), had not Providence
sent a severer chastisement, and weaned
his heart from these fleeting bubbles,
by proving to him their evanescence,
and depriving him of his perishing
idols. Elated with former successes,
he foolishly engaged in hazardous
speculations-fearful losses were the

result, and at one fell blow he found
himself a ruined man. Bereft of for-
tune, fame, and friends, he then learned
what it was to build his house on the
sand. How well would it have been
for him, had he hearkened to the wise
sage of the East-" If riches increase,
set not your heart upon them," &c.
For a while, reason seemed tottering
on its throne. Happily for him, he had
a prayerful wife-there was a refuge
in his distress; he proved the truth of
the words of the Christian poet, The
Christian shines the brightest in afflic-
tion's night." The sorrow of the
world worketh death, but godly sorrow
worketh repentance unto life, not to be
repented of." In the days of his pros-
perity, he had not felt her gentle worth;
but now that the gale of adversity
threatened to overwhelm him in the
whirlpool of destruction, she was as
a sweet messenger sent from heaven
to be his pilot through the storm; and


ere the fiat went forth to recall dust to
dust, her prayer was granted, and she
had the happiness of seeing her hus-
band strong in that hope which pass-
eth not away. At the time of their
misfortunes, they had two sons and one
daughter. An offer was made by
Mr. Mortimer's brother, a proud,
worldly, and wealthy man, to educate
and bring up the young people as his
own; for he was childless. Painful as
it would have been to Mrs. Mortimer's
feelings to part with her darlings at
,all, the separation was rendered much
more grievous, from the circumstance
that Mr. William Mortimer, consider-
ing poverty in the light of a disgrace,
prohibited, from the time of their
arrival under his roof, any intercourse
being held between the parents and
children. Gladly would Mrs. Mor-
timer have declined the proffered help,
conscious of the evil tendency of an
irreligious education; but she could

not find any plea strong enough to
urge against that which was indeed a
kind and liberal offer, (had it not been
for this interdict), and in the shattered
state of her husband's health, and the
low ebb to which their finances were
reduced, she dared not refuse a shelter
for the children, or shut out from her-
self, the only means of support to
which she could cling. With deep
and heartfelt sorrow, she bade her
little ones adieu, committing them, in
prayer, to the Lord; humbly trusting
that a few years would see the re-
establishment of her husband's health,
when, by strict frugality, they might
accumulate sufficient to live together
once more. It was a comfort to her
to think they had arrived at an age,
when, she trusted, the religious prin-
ciples she had striven to implant had
taken root. Amiable and pious as
she was, she depended too much on
the converting influence of the Spirit;



and heeded too little the evidences
which we find in God's Holy Word,
that religion is a growth in grace;
"that sanctification is the gradual
purifying ourselves, even as He is
pure." Mr. Mortimer's pride revolted
at having any witnesses of his penury
and prostration, and he sought out
the remote spot for his habitation, in
which we find him at the beginning
of our tale. Here his devoted wife
ministered to his wants; her time
and her talents were assiduously de-
voted to nursing him, and gradually
the Holy Spirit's influence was felt,
and perceived. "Whom the Lord
loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth
every son whom He receiveth." Thy
will be done," 0 God! was nbt only
breathed outwardly, but was the in-
ward ejaculation of the heart. All mur-
muring and discontent had ceased, and
he felt that it was good for him that
he had been in trouble. How different


the calmness and placidity which
rested on that brow now, to the
former look of busy care and dis-
satisfaction. The one betokened the
weary search after many things; the
other, that he was possessed of that
peace which passeth all understanding;
that having food and raiment, he was
therewith content; and that he had
not only sought, but found the one
thing needful, which should not be
taken away from him. And now
the aged man had but one earthly
desire-to embrace once more his
children. To these children we will
again return. Their uncle had, in a
worldly sense, performed his part: the
.sons had been educated, and were now
acquiring riches and station in the
law, whilst the daughter, accomplished
and amiable, was still living under her
uncle's roof. Worldly maxims and
'views, had stifled the mother's precepts
in the hearts of the young men-like


the seed sown amongst thorns, in our
Saviour's parable. Not so with Emma
Mortimer; the knowledge which she
had received of that truth which is in
Jesus, she had nourished by earnest
prayer, and diligent attendance on the
means of grace. Sabbaths profaned
and sacraments disregarded are great
hindrances to a growth in grace;
indeed, no one can expect the spiritual
influence on the regenerated heart
without an observance of ordinances.
The farmer prepares the ground and
sows the seed, else how could he expect
to reap the abundant harvest; still it is
God who giveth the former and the latter
rain, causing the increase. Obedience
and love are the ground-work of faith,
which combined bring forth fruit
unto eternal life. "For faith," says
the Apostle, worketh by love." Thus
thought Emma, and spite of her being
ridiculed, as Methodist and Puritan,
she religiously persevered through


good report and evil report. The
thought of her parents would often
recur to her, and she would long for
the time when she might join them;
that she might mingle her morning,
evening, and mid-day supplications
with that dear mother's, whose example
she had striven to imitate. The wed-
ding garment of Christ, in which she
had been arrayed at her baptism, had
remained unspotted. They had all
become, in that blessed sacrament,
children of God, members of Christ,
and as such inheritors of heaven, and
as such had been sanctified by the
Holy Spirit, having attained the
righteousness which is in Christ;
" For Christ is become the righteous-
ness of all them that believe." How
sad was then her brothers' fall, for,
like the wicked angels of old, it might
be said of them, They kept not their
first estate." Better not to have
known the way of righteousness." It


was at this period in their life that
they each one received a summons or
invitation from their aged parents,
from whom they had been so long
estranged, and the reader may guess
with what different feelings. To
Emma, it was the realization of the
fondest wish of her heart. She saw her
course of duty plain; and packing up
a few things, she delayed not, but
instantly set forward on her journey,
even at the risk of offending her uncle,
and blighting her earthly prospects.
But it was far otherwise with her
brothers. The impressions of a
father's love and tenderness had been
effaced by contact with the world;
and that which was the cause of such
gladness to the sister, was the source
of annoyance to them. Like, as in
godly things, "that which is the
savour of life unto one, becomes the
cause of death unto another." The
elder of the two found an instanta-


neous excuse in some important busi.
ness; and the younger, of a more
vacillating disposition, contented him-
self by delaying his departure for a
day or two. Tears of sadness and
grief rolled down the old man's cheeks,
when he found that one only of his
dearly-loved children had obeyed his
wishful mandate. What blessings were
showered upon her head! and how
thankful did she feel to her Heavenly
Father, that the fifth commandment
had not been as a dead letter to her !
For his sand-glass was indeed well
nigh run out, and the pain of his sons
disobedience, acting on an enfeebled
frame, produced a fit from which he
never rallied. Bitter now were the
reflections of those who had neglected
the call, either in resolute disobedience
or tardy obedience. Of them it might
be said, Many were called, but few
chosen." They had neglected the
first commandment, which is with


promise. The Spirit and the Bride
had said, Come and let him that is
athirst come. And whosoever will,
let him take the water of life freely."
Sad and sorrowful was their after life;
but with Emma it was far different.
"The blessing of the Father of the
fatherless" was with her, to sanctify
her, and bless her prompt obedience
and love; she enjoyed a joy and hap-
piness which few realize on earth,
and I have no doubt her end will be
ALICE.-Oh, how happy she must
feel when she thinks of her father,
that he blessed her before he died.
MAMA.-And that she can look
forward to meet him in the world to
come, at the marriage supper of the
Lamb." And she may surely hope
to enjoy that long life which is pro-
mised to those who honour their
father and mother."
ALICE.-I hope, mama, that I shall


always honour and obey you; and I
will not let you call me twice, as you
did yesterday when I was at play in
the garden. Will you forgive me for
that ?
MAMA.-I am always ready to for-
give you, my child, when you confess
that you are wrong. But it is not
enough to confess it, unless you try to
amend. And you will find it more
easy to be obedient in great things, if
you practice doing so in little things.
If you make my will your law and
keep it, you will be following the ex-
ample of Christ, who was obedient to
His parents, or, as the Scripture says,
subject to them."
ALICE.-To make me remember
this, mama, I will repeat my little
hymn about
Sweetly now and quiet,
We lay our little heads,
With our own dear mothers,
Sitting by our beds.


Sweet our play at evening,
Round our father's knees;
Birds are not so merry,
Singing on the trees.
Lambs are not so happy,
'Mid the meadow flow'rs;
They have play and pleasure,
But not love like ours.
For the heart that's loving,
Works of love will do;
Those we dearly cherish,
We must honour too.

To our father's teaching,
Listen day by day;
And our mother's bidding
Cheerfully obey.
For when in His childhood,
Our dear Lord was here,
He too was obedient
To His mother dear.



MAMA.-We had a very nice sermon
this afternoon, my little girl. I was
rather sorry I did not take you to
church with us; I think you would
have understood it, and learned a good
deal from it.
ALICE.-I wish I had gone, mama,
because it is very pleasant to walk
home with you and papa, and hear
you talk about the sermon.
MAMA.-The text for this afternoon
was taken from the Gospel of St. Luke,
which we read this morning; it was
part of the sixth and seventh verses of


the fifteenth chapter of St. Luke,
" Rejoice with me, for I have found
my sheep which was lost. I say unto
you, That likewise joy shall be in heaven
over one sinner that repenteth, more
than over ninety and nine just per
sons, which need no repentance."
ALICE.-I liked to read that Gospel
so very much, mama; it put me in
mind of the day when I lost my dear
little white dove. I never knew before
that day, that I liked Lily better than
Cherry; but when I found that Lily
was gone, I thought I should not have
cried so much, or have been half so
sorry if he had flown away. I thought
it was so very ungrateful of Lily to
go and leave me; and, oh! mama,
when it grew quite dark, and the gar-
dener came back and told papa that he
had looked everywhere, and could not
find her, and that he had given up all
hope of finding her again, I felt so
unhappy; and all night I kept listen-


ing for her to come to my window;
and Cherry, too, kept cooing all the
time, as if he were crying for her. I
am sure I shall never forget how
pleased I was in the morning, when
George came into the breakfast-room
with Lily on his finger; and, mama,
when she flew into my bosom, it
seemed just like asking me to forgive
her for flying away, and I believe we
have all loved her better ever since.
There was much greater joy over her
after she had been lost, than over
Cherry, who had been a good, affec-
tionate bird, and never offered to go
MAMA.-Indeed, my love, that is a
true picture of the joy that is felt on
the recovery of a lost sheep, or a lost
sinner. And Jesus Christ says, I
came not to call the righteous, but
sinners to repentance," It was tne
lost sheep that He came to bring back
to His fold; and in His desire to in-


terest His disciples in this cause, He
tells them several parables, to prove to
them His desire to save the lost, and
his joy at their repentance. What is
the first parable in the Gospel to-day ?
ALICE.-But, mama, first tell me
why he spoke to them in parables;
would they not have understood Him
more easily if he had spoken out
MAMA.-The reason for His doing
so is given at the beginning of the
chapter. Then drew near unto Him
all the publicans and sinners for to hear
Him." Now, Jesus knows the hearts
and thoughts of all people, and He
knew that they did not come to be in-
structed, or because they wished to
learn of Jesus. No! they only came
to listen to what He talked about to
His disciples, and in the hope that He
might say something which they could
take up, and find fault about, or make
out that it was contrary to their law;


and even while they were congregated
around Him, under pretence of hear-
ing His words, they were murmuring
to themselves, That He received pub-
licans and sinners, and ate with them."
ALICE.-I suppose they were jealous
of the notice He took of the poor people,
MAMA.-Jealous in two senses,
Alice. In the first place, because He did
not court their notice or their favour:
He knew that they counted themselves
righteous, and believed they had no
need of repentance ; therefore He gave
his attention to those who were willing
to be taught and to be healed; and
they were still more jealous of His
power, His miracles, and of the num-
ber of people who followed Him, and
flocked to hear His words. And
Christ was quite well aware of their
reason for coming to hear Him, and
of their secret murmurings, which
He took the opportunity of reproving


in parables. He inquired of them,
"What man of you, having an hundred
sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not
leave the ninety and nine in the wil-
derness, and go after that which is
lost, until he find it ? And when he
hath found it, he layeth it on his
shoulders, rejoicing; and when he
cometh home, he calleth together his
friends and neighbours, saying unto
ALICE.-" Rejoice with me, for I
have found my sheep which was lost."
MAMA. In this parable, Jesus
meant to compare Himself to the
owner of the sheep, who are His
people, and He meant that He would
leave or overlook the ninety-nine (or
the multitude of righteous and self-
righteous) people, and seek after the
lost sinners, for whom there seemed to
be no hope of salvation. What did
He tell them likewise ?
ALICE.-" I say unto you, that


likewise joy shall be in I. .._i over
one sinner that repenteth, more than
over ninety and nine just persons, who
need no repentance."
MAMA.-God and the angels in
heaven would rejoice over the return-
ing sinner. And the more fully to
convince them of His intentions, He
put forth another parable unto them,
saying, Either what woman having
ten pieces of silver, if she lose one
piece, doth not light a candle and
sweep the house diligently till she find
it." Now, can you tell me what is
meant by the candle ?
ALICE.-IDid it mean the light of
the Gospel, mama ?
MAMA.-Yes, my dear. All sinners
are in the darkness of sin, and it is
necessary that the light of truth,
"That light which was to lighten the
gentiles," should shine forth, and en-
lighten the hearts and minds of the
lost sinners, before they could be found,


or recovered; just as the light of a
candle would shine upon the piece of
silver that had rolled into a dark corner,
and had to be swept out. Jesus then
tells them that when she hath found
it she calleth her friends and her
neighbours together, saying, Rejoice
with me for I have found the piece
which I had lost." And how does He
apply this ?
ALTCE.-" Likewise I say unto you
there is joy in the presence of the
angels of God over one sinner that
MAMA.-And that last part was
intended to comfort and console those
poor sinners (who were just awakened
by His words and miracles to a sense
of their danger and their lost condi-
tion), with the promises of pardon and
ALICE.-But, mama, are there any
people so good that they need no re-
pentance ? I thought the very best


people could not help doing wrong
MAMA.-And you thought rightly.
"The hearts of all men are indeed
deceitful and desperately wicked," and
" There is none that doeth good, no
not one." But Jesus meant by those
who needed no repentance, those just
people who have received the grace of
the Holy Spirit, who endeavour to
fulfil the laws of God, and on whom
the light of heaven is continually fall-
ing; so that they, if they do commit an
error, repent of it directly, and pray
so earnestly for forgiveness, that it is
not like the deep repentance of those
who have gone on in the ways of
sin for a long season, and on whose
first return to God, and on whose
true repentance the angels, and the
spirits of the just made perfect, are
supposed to rejoice-those who have
long been a prey to Satan, and have
only just escaped from his net. After
C 2


this, Jesus went on to repeat to these
proud pharisees the parable of the
Prodigal Son, which he intended as
another lesson to them on their pride
and self-sufficiency, and their jealousy
of His notice of these poor sinners,
and of His pleasure at their timely
repentance. And the Epistle of St.
Peter, which we read this morning,
begins by exhorting us to be humble
in our demeanour, "for God resisteth
the proud, and giveth grace to the
humble," as Christ overlooked the
proud pharisees, and showed mercy
and pity upoa the lowly. Therefore
we are warned to humble ourselves
under the mighty hand of God, that
He may exalt us in due time, "casting
all your care upon Him, for He careth
for you." And then St. Peter warns
all Christians to be sober and vigilant,
" Because your adversary the devil, as
a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking
whom he may devour." You know


Satan is always on the watch to en-
snare people, and it is all the good
Shepherd can do, to save His people
from the power of this roaring lion,"
who is ever on the watch for His sheep.
I must not forget to tell you who was
one of the "lost sheep that was
brought back to the fold of Christ;"
and that was your favourite, St. Paul,
who was actually on his way to Damas-
cus, to persecute the early Christians ;
hoping, that in the synagogues he
might find out some of these good
people, and bring them as prisoners to
Jerusalem, to be burned or put to
some cruel death. But before he
reached the city of Damascus, all at
once a bright light shone round about
him, brighter than the sun at noon-
day. And he fell to the earth over-
come, and heard a voice saying to
him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest
thou me ?" Now Saul could see no
one, but he felt at once that it was


the Lord who was speaking to him.
And he said, Who art thou, Lord ?"
And the Lord said, "I am Jesus
whom thou persecutest; it is hard for
thee to kick against the pricks (or
resist my power). And Saul said,
trembling and astonished, Lord,
what wilt thou have me to do ?" And
the Lord said unto him, Arise, and
go into the city, and it shall be told
thee what thou must do." And all
the people that were travelling with
Saul heard the voice, but could see
nobody. And they were afraid to
speak, until Saul arose from the earth,
and then they found that he had lost
his sight, neither did he see anything
for three days, nor did he eat or
drink; until the Lord Jesus had also
appeared in a vision, or dream, to a
good and pious man named Ananias,
who was desired by God to go to Saul.
At first he felt frightened to go near
a man who had been the cause of


so much trouble and sorrow to the
Christians, and had done them such cruel
injuries; but, obedient to God's word,
he went, and entered the house where
Saul was, and putting his hands on
him, said, Brother Saul, the Lord,
even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in
the way as thou camest, hath sent
me, that thou mightest receive thy
sight and be filled with the Holy
Ghost." And immediately there fell
from his eyes, as it had been scales.
And he received sight forthwith, and
arose and was baptized.
ALICE.-And then he was called
Paul, was he not, mama ?
MAMA.-Yes, and from that moment
he became one of the most sincere
Christians. He tried to undo all the
mischief he had done, to teach others,
and to make them love Jesus as much
as he loved Him himself. He suffered
all kinds of trials and persecutions; was
beaten, whipped, stoned, and ship-


wrecked, for the sake of his religion;
and to the end of his life he continued
to call himself the chief of sinners-
one of the lost sheep who had been
mercifully .ought, to the fold of
Christ. He was indeed one over
whom the saints and angels rejoiced,
and whose bright example should
cheer us on our way. May you, my
dear child, be one of those lambs who
never stray from the fold of ('iiir,
but always lie down in His ...iur.-,
and feed among His flock.

Sweet, gentle Jesus, Shepherd meek,
How blest are all within thy fold!
The heart that feels the bliss can speak,
The tongue must leave the joy untold.
Ah, since this happy lot is mine,
Within Thy favoured fold to be,
May I be ever v h :l Thine,
And Thou, good ,:.h., 1, all to me.
Watch o'er me still, dear i.- 1, h: .1 kind,
Nor let me ever stray from Thee;
But let me ever bear in mind,
Thy precious blood was shed for me.


In mercy and in love restore,
The lost sheep to Thy fold again;
And never let them leave Thee more,
But happy at Thy feet remain.



MAMA.-Well, my little Alice, what
have you to tell me about the Gospel
to-day ?
ALICE.-It is a very pretty Gospel.
It tells us to be merciful, and kind,
and gentle, and not to judge unkindly
of others, but to be forgiving, and a
great many other good things.
MAMA.-Yes; it enjoins upon us
the old golden rule, as it is called,
Do unto others as you would that
they should do unto you: For with
what measure ye mete, it shall be
measured to you again."


ALICE.-But, mama, what is meant
by the blind leading the blind ?"
MAMA.-It means blinded by sin.
How shall one sinful man teach
another to do what is right ? Only
by God's grace, first teaching him to
see his own sinfulness. Jesus said,
that a man often beheld the mote in
his brother's eye," but was unable to
perceive the beam in his own eyes;
which signified that people were able
to see very small specks, or faults, in
others, while they were blind to their
own great faults. A mote, or mite,
meant a small speck, but a beam is a
large object; and this was his method
of teaching His disciples to correct
their own sins and failings, and to
pray to God to cure them; and not to
be spying out the faults of each other.
You know nobody is without fault.
ALICE.-No, mama; all have
sinned, except Jesus Christ.
MAMA.-You will observe that St.


Paul says, The whole creation groan-
eth and travaileth, under the burden
of sin," until the redemption pro-
mised in Christ, and since all are
sinners, all have need to forgive, and
make allowance for the sins of others.
ALICE.-If any one offends or hurts
me, I ought to think about my own
faults, instead of being angry with
them, and that would make me forgive
them. But did you ever know any-
body that was never angry, mama ?
MAMA.-Perhaps not, my dear;
but I have known many good Chris-
tians who were ready to forgive those
who injured them; and there are
many instances of this in the Bible.
Joseph forgave his brethren; Stephen
forgave his murderers, and prayed for
them. I am acquainted with good
people myself, who have fulfilled this
Christian rule; and I do not know
that I can find you a better example
than by relating the history of Char-


lotte Stanfield, who was left an orphan
at the early age of eleven years. (Her
father had died some time previously,
leaving his widow to struggle with sick-
ness, on the poor half-pay of a military
officer.) Consumption soon told its
tale on her over-taxed powers, and the
widow left Charlotte to the care of
her only brother, who, moved by her
entreaties, promised to bring her up
the same as his own little girl and
boy. The poor child, though too
young to be fully sensible of the great-
ness of her loss, mourned deeply at
the thought that she should never see
her dear mama again ; but her parting
words and wishes came to aid in
checking her tears, and recalling her
to a sense of her duty; and, as she
threw herself on her knees, she re-
membered that her mama had told
her (though invisible to her mortal
eyes) that she should be with her still;
that the Church above, and the Church


below, were all one body; that the
saints above, and the saints on earth,
might join together in hymns of praise;
and this was "the communion of saints,"
spoken of in the Creed or Belief; and
then she prayed that she might become
indeed a saint; for though she could
not understand the whole mysteries of
the truth, her childlike trust received
the word of God without doubting,
and realized the sweetness of having
been admitted a member of the one
Holy Catholic Apostolical Church, by
washing of regeneration in the pre-
cious blood of Christ. God had sent
His Son into the world," He had
founded His Church, He had sent the
Holy Ghost the Comforter to bestow
spiritual gifts upon men, and He had
made His Church the channels of those
gifts, she believed; and, therefore, it
was done unto her. Graces descended
largely upon the little nursling; her
prayer was the whispered desire that

the heavenly might be formed within
her, that she might be filled with the
Holy Spirit; for if each plant, each
insect, each animal, bears the likeness
and the character of the race and
tribe to which it belongs, how could
she be a child of God, and a member
of Christ, if she was not stamped with
the heavenly image? She had often
read the fifth chapter of St. Paul's
Epistle to the Galatians, and the thir-
teenth chapter of his First Epistle to
the Corinthians, where he so beauti-
fully pourtrays the loveliness of the
Christian character, and she exclaimed,
" Oh, my God make me more like my
dear mama, that I may one day go to
dwell with her." Her exhausted frame
found relief in sleep, a sweet calm
came over her; she seemed to behold
her mother, with the sweet and gentle
smile she had worn on earth, bidding
her not to grieve, and pointing her to
heaven. Sometimes she fancied she


heard sweet voices of angelic bands,
and then a voice sounded in her ears,
" Through much tribulation you must
enter the kingdom of heaven." Be
not overcome of evil, but overcome
evil with good." Then a terrible dark-
ness enveloped the scene, and she
trembled; but a voice sounded again,
" When thou passeth through the
waters, I will be with thee; and
through the floods, they shall not
overflow thee." Then the sun broke
forth again, and her mother's sweet
countenance smiled upon her as in
days of yore, and she awoke with the
precious word of life on her lips,
" Oh, ye of little faith, why are ye
fearful ?" and her sorrowing heart was
at rest ; for she said, It is God ; let
Him do what seemeth Him best."
Though she was going amongst com-
parative strangers-for she had had
little intercourse with her cousins,
being at a distance-she knew she


was safe with Him who had said, It
were better for him that a millstone
were hanged about his neck, and he
cast into the sea, then that he should
offend one of these little ones." The
conflict would have to be fought; but
Christ would be her shield. After the
funeral, she returned with her uncle to
his house, striving, by her cheerful-
ness and obedience to all his wishes, to
show her gratitude for his kindness.
He was, indeed, a kind-hearted man,
and, as far as the mere outward ob-
servances of religion went, in the eyes
of the world a good Christian ;
but it is something more than this
which constitutes a follower of the
meek and gentle Jesus. We cannot
serve God and Mammon; and our
little friend soon became sensible that
her mother's maxim was not the rule
of their conduct in her uncle's family,
and that it might be said of them,
" They loved the praise of men more


than the praise of God." Her mother's
was a faith which worketh by love;
the rule of the Christian character
had been drawn from the highest
standard; the precepts of our great
Exampler, and the study of the saints
and martyrs of our Church, that great
" crowd of witnesses by whom we are
encompassed," as St. Paul said. Her
favourite petition was, Forgive us
our trespasses, as we forgive them that
trespass against us." Remember,
my dearest child (she would say), to
be always forbearing and forgiving;
for, without you forgive others, our
blessed Lord, against whom you have
so grievously sinned, will not forgive
your sins. We are all one in Christ
Jesus, and if we would fulfil His laws,
we must "bear one another's burdens."
" He is our head, and we are the
members; and if one member suffer,
all must suffer with it ;" therefore, if we
are Christians, we shall rejoice with


them that do rejoice, and weep with
them that weep." You have been re-
ceived into the Catholic communion-
you cannot live to yourself alone,
therefore you are no longer a solitary
individual; you must be one in the
unity of the spirit, in the bond of
peace, and in righteousness of life,"
with the whole household of God.
Christ has promised to dwell in you,
" but the evil spirit must be banished
from your heart." St. John says,
" God is love, and he that loveth God
must love his brother also." We
must walk in love, as Christ also loved
us, and gave Himself for us, that He
might present us unto Himself (being
very God) a glorious church, not hav-
ing spot or wrinkle, or any such thing."
When you have done wrong, my
child, are you not very glad when I
kiss you again and forget it, and speak
kindly to you. Now, God fully waits
for you to confess your fault, and to


feel sorry for having offended, for it is
of no use saying, Forgive me my
sins," unless you grieve from your heart
that you have done amiss ; and when
you do so, like unto the prodigal son,
He hasteneth to meet you, and com-
mands the fatted calf to be slain, and
the best robe to be prepared ; that is
to say, in the abundance of His love
He overwhelms the delinquent by
fresh favours, so that he is forced to
confess, How could I do this great
wickedness, and sin against God ?"
against such loving mercy and tender
kindness; and this is the mark at
which we should aim. By this shall
we know whether we are the children
of God, if we love Christ and keep
His commandments, "for if we offend
in one point, we are guilty of all."
And then she would bid her read the
seventeenth chapter of St. Matthew's
Gospel, about the unforgiving servant,
and remark on the fearful punishment


as a warning to us. Our Saviour's
dying prayer for His murderers was
another and special instance which she
loved to recall, Father, forgive them,
for they know not what they do ;" and
the first holy martyr of our church,
who said, in like manner, "Lord, lay
not this sin to their charge." Often
the little girl marvelled at her mother's
oft-repeated admonitions on this head;
but in after years she recalled the pre-
cious truths with thankfulness and
awe. It did indeed seem as if her
parent's eye. had pierced futurity, to
see the shoals and rocks which should
beset her daughter's path, and enable
her to pray with sincerity, not only
that God might forgive her her tres-
passes, but help her to act in obedience
to Christ's commands in the eleventh
chapter of the Gospel according to
Saint Mark, and twenty-third verse,
"And when ye stand praying, forgive
if ye have ought against any, that your


Father also, which is in heaven, may
forgive you your trespasses." But if
ye do not forgive, neither will your
Father which is in heaven forgive your
trespasses. Cecilia, for that was her
cousin's name, had unfortunately been
indulged in every whim, petted and
spoiled. She had never been used to
an equal, much less a superior, in the
house, and she could ill brook to hear
one (especially who was a year her
junior) receive praise and commenda-
tion, however small even that praise
might be, But it could hardly be
surprising that, retiring, mild, and
gentle though Charlotte was, her oblig-
ing disposition, amiable wish to please,
and render herself of use to those about
her, would cause her to be admired and
loved. Cecilia had always appeared so
amiable, not having had the evil pas-
sions of her nature brought to light,
that her parents thought her dislike
of the intruder must proceed from


poor Charlotte, who strove by every
kindness and attention to win her
cousin's love; but finding her efforts
to win her affection occasioned her to
be taxed with slyness and artfulness,
the full current of her affections was
centred on her cousin George, who
returned it warmly, and being much
older, whilst he remained at home,
proved a great comfort to her. This,
however, increased Cecilia's dislike to
hatred, for when once evil gets into
the heart it increases rapidly, and
many a bitter struggle did it cost poor
Charlotte when she found her actions,
words, and thoughts misrepresented,
and all her labours of love not only
rejected, but made a medium of abuse.
How fortunate for her that her mother
had so early enshrined within her
child's heart the precious words of
"Holy Writ." And if for a moment
she felt anger springing up within her
heart, it all vanished away as she knelt


before her Heavenly Father's foot-
stool, and supplicated, Forgive us
our trespasses as we forgive them that
trespass against us."
ALICE.-What a good little girl
Charlotte was, mama! I am afraid I
should never be so forgiving. I could
not help feeling angry if people were
so unjust and unkind to me.
MAMA.-My dear little girl, that
spirit of Christian forgiveness, is the
very thing I am so desirous of teach-
ing you; and yet I have no power of
myself to make you learn it. Only
the Holy Spirit can pour into your
mind these right and proper feelings,
and can root out all the prejudice and
ill-will that is so natural to it. And
this spirit I pray to our Lord Jesus
Christ to send you every day.
ALICE.-Do 'you think, mama, that
I shall ever learn to be so good
and forgiving as Charlotte Stanfield
was ?


MAMA.-I sincerely hope you will,
my child; but you must yourself pray
very earnestly for God and the Holy
Spirit to help you. You can never be
a true Christian till you can tread in
the footsteps of your Saviour, and
learn to obey His will. It is his own-
word that bids you to Forgive, as
you hope to be forgiven." And that
will be always a standard by which
you may try your own heart. If you
wish to know whether you are Christ's
disciple, ask yourself, Have I truly
pardoned every one that has com-
mitted an offence against me ? Have
I forgotten the unkindness, and am I
willing to do them any kindness in
my power? Then you may fall at
Jesus feet, and say, from your heart,
" Forgive me, even as I forgive those
who have offended me." But the hour
has passed so rapidly, that I cannot
spare you any longer time to-day. Let
me hear the hymn you have prepared.


ALICE.-Can you not tell me what
happened to Charlotte afterwards ?
MAMA-Not to-day, my dear. Her
life all through was an example of
Christian forgiveness, and I shall have
occasion to tell you more upon that
subject next Sunday.

Forget and forgive, is a lesson
We all ought to study and learn;
If any should do us a mischief,
We ought to do good in return.
Forget all the wrongs they may do us,
And all their unkindness forgive,
As we hope to be like our dear Saviour,
And trust in His service to live.



ALICE.-I have been wondering all
day, mama, what St. Peter meant
when he asked Jesus to depart from
him; why was he so sinful, and why
did he wish Jesus to go away ?
MAMA.-St. Peter did not wish
Jesus to go away and leave him, my
dear, neither was he more sinful than
he had been before; only that when
he beheld the wonderful miracles that
Jesus did, he felt quite overcome by
the wonderful power of his Lord, and
of his own unworthiness; and he felt
unfit to enter into the presence of so


great a God. Perhaps, too, the words
Jesus had been saying to the people
before, and after He entered into the
ship, had greatly affected him. You
know Jesus had been preaching to, and
teaching the people.
ALICE.-Yes, mama, as they stood
by the lake of Gennesareth, and after-
wards He entered into Simon Peter's
ship, and there He taught the people
MAMA.-And while Jesus was talk-
ing to the people, He knew that the
poor fishermen had been fishing and
casting their nets all night in vain, and
that they had no bread to eat, and no
fish to sell, to bring in the money
wherewith to buy bread for the next
day ; and so, to show them His great
power, as well as to do them a kind-
ness, He wished to perform a great
miracle before their eyes; so He said
to Peter, Launch out into the deep,
and let down your nets for a draught."


What answer did Peter make to his
Lord ?
ALICE.-" Master, we have toiled
all night and taken nothing; never-
theless, at Thy word I will let down
the net."
MAMA.-Yes; Peter, although he
fancied the case was hopeless, that he
should find fish in the water where he
had fruitlessly dragged his nets for
many weary hours, without finding a
single one, instantly expressed his
readiness to obey his Lord. At Thy
will," he says, I will let down the
net"-which meant, I will do anything.
Not my will, 0 Lord, but Thine be
done. Where does Jesus teach all
people to follow this example ?
ALICE. In the Lord's Prayer,
mama, we say, Thy will be done."
MAMA.-Yes, and we ought all to
be ready to do what we think is the
will of the Lord, however useless, or
disagreeable, it may appear to us at


the time. We can no more see in the
future the fruit or consequences of our
obedience, than Peter could see through
the waves the multitude of fishes that
were instantly collected together at the
word of the Saviour.
ALICE.-But was it not very won-
derful, mama, that so many should
get there all in a minute ?
MAMA.-Wonderful indeed, to us
frail and helpless creatures, who have
no power of ourselves to help our-
selves." But the eyes of the Lord
are over the righteous, and His ears
are open to their prayers ;" and, there-
fore, it was no more wonderful for Him
in one instant to supply the wants of
His people, than at His word, to create
the whole earth in the beginning.
But tell me, what was the conse-
quence of Peter's instant and ready
obedience ?
ALICE.-When he had let down the
net, mama, he enclosed an immense


multitude of fishes, and their net
MAMA.-Because the load was too
great for the net to bear, so they were
obliged to beckon to their partners,
who were in another ship close by,
that they should come and help them;
and when they came, they found fishes
enough to fill both the ships, so that
they began to sink, and they seemed
in danger of losing them all again;
and this teaches us another lesson, that
it is very difficult for people to be
overwhelmed with blessings and good
fortune, without getting into danger
of sinking. The goods and gifts that
are so plentiful, are too apt to over-
whelm the heart, and it sinks into
indifference and forgetfulness of the
Giver; or rather, the many cares and
pleasures that wealth brings upon us,
are too frequently the cause of our
losing life eternal. The ships were so
full, that they would have been over-


whelmed with their riches, had not
Christ been at hand to save and
,uphold them. And it was no doubt
that feeling of weakness and sin that
overcame the heart and conscience of
St. Peter, for he fell down at Jesus'
knees, saying, Depart from me, for
I am a sinful man, 0 Lord."
ALICE.-And yet, mama, he had
obeyed Jesus without doubting His
MAMA.-And he had been rewarded
with wealth and riches beyond his
deserts and expectations. St. Peter and
the disciples who were with him were
fishermen, and all their living consisted
in the fishes they were able to catch
and to sell, and therefore this great
draught of fishes would supply them
with money for a considerable time.
ALICE.-And the other fishermen
who were partners with him were as-
tonished at the miracle, as well as


MAMA.-Yes. All through the story
Peter is called Simon, which was his
original name; he was afterwards
called by the surname Peter, which
signifies a rock, or stone, because he
was to be a great supporter of the
church and religion of Jesus, when
our Lord should have risen again.
'ALICE.-St. Peter afterwards denied
Christ, mama ?
MAMA.-True, my dear. St. Peter
was one of those impulsive persons
who act upon their feelings at the
moment. We find the same traits
exhibited all through his character
and history; and not till he had be-
come truly regenerate and made a
new man by the Holy Spirit, did he
overcome this quickness of temper
which led him into many faults. We
read of him that when our Saviour
washed the feet of His disciples, St.
Peter felt distressed to see our Lord
engaged in this humble office for one


who so little deserved the Saviour's
love, and said, Thou shalt never
wash my feet." But no sooner did
Jesus explain to him His motive for
so doing, saying, If I wash thee not
thou hast no part with Me," than
he went instantly to the extreme, and
cried, "Lord, not my feet only, but
also my hands and my head." So
when he was expressing his love for
Christ, the Saviour warned him of his
fault, saying, Simon, Simon, behold
Satan desireth to have you, that he
may sift you as wheat. But I have
prayed for thee that thy faith fail not;
and when thou art converted" (meaning
when thou hast received the gift of the
Holy Spirit)" strengthen thy brethren."
Now mark the ready answer, the self-
confidence which rendered him an
easy prey to the evil one. Lord, I
am ready to go with Thee, both into
prison and to death." And when he
spoke these words, in his warm and


true affection, he quite meant what he
said; but in order to show him the
evil and frailty of his nature, Jesus
foretold that he would deny Him
thrice. And when the hour of trial
came, the disciple denied all know-
ledge of his Lord for whom he had so
lately promised to die.
ALICE.-But Jesus did forgive him,
did he not, mama ?
MAMA.-Yes, my child, He turned
and looked upon Peter with such a
look of gentle reproach and affection,
that the heart of Peter was touched;
he melted into tears of repentance,
and he was pardoned. You must re-
member that Jesus Christ had not
then fulfilled all the work that He had
come to do, and therefore His dis-
ciples lacked the knowledge that we
now possess. They had but prophecy
to guide them, while we have the
New Testament, which tells us of His
birth, His life, His death, and the


accomplishment of these prophecies.
So there was far more excuse for those
who disbelieved then, than there
would be now. And, therefore, Jesus
wrought the miracle of the "draught of
fishes" to convince them of His reality.
ALICE.-And they were all con-
vinced that Jesus was the Son of God
then ?
MAMA.-Yes; and when He was
sure of their faith and conversion, He
desired them to leave all, and follow
ALIcE.-What became of all the
fishes, mama ?
MAMA.-Why, my dear, the Scrip-
tures do not tell us precisely whether
they were sold by the disciples; but
if not, they were taken possession of
by their families, and the sale of them
would provide their necessities for
some time.
ALICE.-What does Jesus mean by
making them fishers of men, mama ?


He says, Henceforth thou shalt
catch men."
MAMA.-By this the Saviour meant
that they, by their preaching and
teaching, should convert other people
to Christianity. And the wonderful
account of the number of souls con-
verted at one time, and baptized by
the Apostles (just after the descent
of the Holy Spirit, or the gift of
tongues), which amounted to more
than three thousand, was quite as
wonderful as the draught of fishes,
which had so astonished Simon and
his partners. And now, my dear, you
had better get your Bible and read
that account in the second chapter of
the Acts of the Apostles; and re-
member, that all these things were
written for our learning," and that we
should take pattern by the conduct of
the disciples, willingly to give up all
things for Jesus' sake, and that by
our good examples, works, and ways,


we should win others to love and
serve Him, and walk in His ways.
And, by fulfilling the advice of the
Epistle, learn to be peaceable, gentle,
and forgiving, and ever ready to leave
all and follow Him who died to save
us "sinful creatures."

By the lake Genesaret,
The weary fishers cast their net,
But fruitless was their pain;
All night they spent in useless toil,
Nor could they take the smallest spoil-
Not e'en a fish could gain.

Till Jesus came! in pity cried,
"Launch out the net into the tide!"
Obedient as He spake,
Abroad their empty net they cast,
Enclosing multitudes so vast,
Their net began to break.

Their partners in a ship close by
Their help soon gave to load the fry;
Both ships unto the brink
Were filled with fishes great and small,
But neither could contain them all,
For both began to sink.


Till saved by Jesus' wondrous power.
Converted from that very hour,
Their Lord his followers see,
Who thus their terrors kindly ease,
By raising Simon from his knees-
Fear not! but follow me."



ALICE.-I am so happy to sit down
with you again, mama. I am longing
to hear more about Charlotte. I could
not help thinking about her this
morning while we were reading the
Gospel, which is very much like the
chapter for last Sunday, is it not ?
MAMA.-Yes, my child, it incul-
cates the same Christian doctrine, and
teaches the same Christian rules of'
brotherly love and forgiveness. In-
deed it goes further; it not only
means forgive as you hope to be for-
given, but this also threatens the dis-


pleasure and anger of God on those
who are angry without a cause, who
rail against others, or call ill names.
And both the Epistle for last Sunday
and the Gospel for to-day are of the
same origin. The Epistle of St.
Peter exhorts us all to be of one
ALICE.-That means to agree to-
MAMA.-Yes; even if you do not
think alike on all subjects, do not
quarrel about them; but if you be in
the right and believe others to be
wrong, have compassion one of
another, love as brethren, be pitiful,
be courteous, not rendering evil for
evil, or railing for railing, but con-
trarewise blessing." Now, can you
tell me what that means ?
ALICE.-That we should not be
rude to those who are rude or unkind
to us, but, on the contrary, return
good for evil.


MAMA.-Yes, and I know a little
girl who did so this morning, when
her little brother was cross and tore
her book, and his mama was obliged
to punish him. The little girl came
and begged to have him forgiven, and
by so doing she fulfilled the duty of a
Christian child; and such conduct is
acceptable in the eyes of God.
ALICE.-Ah, mama, I was thinking
about Charlotte then, and I wished to
be forgiving like her.
MAMA.-I am, indeed, very glad
that my lessons are not thrown away,
but that you try to profit by what I
tell you. I shall at once show you
that she not only forgave, but that
she did good to those who had injured
and ill-treated her. And through evil
report and good report, poor Charlotte
was, through the power of God, en-
abled to say, All things work toge-
ther for good to those that love Him."
In her chamber she learned to hold


communion with her Heavenly Father
and friend, who kept her in health
and safety under the covert of His
wings; while the bitter worm of
jealousy was gnawing upon her cousin's
heart, and her wicked feelings of
malice and hatred had, at length, such a
visible effect upon her health and spirits,
that she lost her colour and her appetite,
and looked the very picture of sick-
ness and misery. When she became
really ill, Charlotte strove the more
earnestly to supply her every want,
to perform her slightest wish. But
this only increased her ill-humour and
peevishness, and at last the poor girl
finding every effort useless, and that
her presence and affectionate atten-
tions only increased her cousin's ill-
ness, she determined, however trying
to herself, to leave her uncle's house,
though she had no home to go
to. It was a hard struggle, in-
deed, to seek a situation among


strangers, and leave a home that might
have been so comfortable, had not
Satan gained such influence over the
heart of one of its members; and, as
St. Paul says, "when one member
suffers, the other members also suffer
with him." And thus the malice of
one, whom she felt bound as a relation
to love, obliged her to perform what
she considered an act of duty, for
Charlotte was a true Christian, and
esteemed her soul's health above all
other considerations. As a follower
of the meek and gentle Jesus, she
endeavoured at all times to keep in
mind His prayer, "Forgive us our
trespasses, as we forgive them that
trespass against us;" and from her
heart she prayed for her cousin, and
those members of her uncle's family
who added to the unhappiness of her
situation, when she made known to
them her determination to seek an-
other home, by heaping reproaches


upon her for her ingratitude, in wish-
ing to leave her invalid cousin, instead
of staying and rendering her assistance
in nursing the sick one; for, in the
blindness of parental love, both her
uncle and aunt were unable to per-
ceive the faults of their child; and the
arrow did indeed seem to enter her
very soul when her cousin George, who
had hitherto loved her so fondly, and
had on all occasions upheld her for her
high principles, was led to believe her
ungrateful and deceitful. But God
was with her an all-sufficient "help in
time of need," and who, with every
"temptation, giveth also a way to
escape," and in the hour of need, God,
the all-seeing, raised her up a !-.1.
A widow lady, who had "I :-. i1 ,;
been a visitor at her aunt's house, and
who had been an eye-witness of her
disinterested conduct, no sooner heard
of her intention to become a governess,
than she wrote and offered her a situa-


tion to go and reside with her in the
country, and to instruct her two little
girls. Gladly did she embrace this
friendly offer, relying upon the pro-
tection of her heavenly Father, and
with the grateful acknowledgement,
that the arm of the Lord was not
shortened, that He could not save."
He had brought her in His mercy to
a home indeed; and in the affection of
Mrs. Mortimer she found a mother's
love. In the faithful discharge of her
daily duties, and in the rapid improve-
ment of her pupils, and their reci-
procated affection, she experienced
that comfort and peace, which she had
so long sought in vain. Her mind re-
gained its tone, her cheek resumed the
rosy tint of health, and her spirits the
even cheerfulness of a will chastened by
God's will; and, through her aunt's
letters to her friend, she learned
that her cousin's health continued to
decline, and that she was rapidly sink-


ing. Much as she deplored her un-
timely fate, she could but feel that it
had been produced and accelerated by
Cecilia's evil passions, and ill-regulated
feelings; and she could only pray
most earnestly that God would grant
to her pardon and repentance, while
she rejoiced that He had spared
her the pain of witnessing the suffer-
ings that her presence would have in-
creased. It was pleasant to know
that her invalid cousin was surrounded
with every comfort that wealth and
affection could supply. Ere long, the
tidings of Cecilia's death reached them;
but that was all they could learn, and
all correspondence seemed from that
moment to cease. Some years had
elapsed since Charlotte had found a
haven of rest in the bosom of Mrs.
Mortimer's family, when the whole
party accepted an invitation to pass a
few weeks near the Lakes of Cumber-
land. They reached the place of their


destination on Saturday evening, pre-
pared to enjoy upon the Lord's-day the
Christian festival of rest and praise.
Early on the Sabbath they hastened to
the house of prayer to join in the
general thanksgiving of the church:
the sweet choral hymn concluded, and
the sermon commenced, and what was
the delight of Charlotte, when she re-
cognised in the reverend form of the
preacher her mother's valued friend
and faithful priest. The recognition
was mutual, though they had not met
for many years; and after the early
prayers, next morning, he returned
with Charlotte to her friend's house.
Hie, too, was a stranger in the neigh-
bourhood, and by the over-ruling power
of the Divine Director, who ordereth
all things" that are best for His crea-
tures and His faithful servants, he had
come, at the very time of the orphan's
arrival, to visit his old friend the
pastor of the village. Tears flowed

apace, as the agitated girl, in answer
to his fatherly questions, gave him the
whole history of her trials and ex-
periences since her mother's death.
" Thanks be to God, my dear child, that
He has given you 'strength to stand
in the day of temptation,' and that He
considered you worthy to bear the
cross for His sake; and the charitable
manner in which you have now endea-
voured to throw a veil over the errors
and imperfections of your departed
cousin, has still more endeared you
to my heart. We are frail, erring
creatures ourselves, and we ought
to feel pity for the dead. May God
have mercy upon her 1" Amen !"
answered Charlotte fervently. "May
He forgive me, as I also have forgiven
her." And after a little more conver-
sation, he alluded to her uncle and his
family. Indeed," said she, I am
very desirous to know of their welfare,
more particularly of George, who was


ever kind and considerate to me."
" He is quite well, and is indeed a pro-
mising young man ; for the last twelve-
months he has resided with me, an
earnest follower of the cross of Christ;
and his recent ordination enables me
to leave my flock at this season without
anxiety or regret. He has, however,
been much deceived in your conduct;
and with what pleasure shall I now be
enabled to vindicate you, from my own
knowledge of the facts, as well as from
conviction. Indeed, I have always told
him there was some good reason foryour
leaving them at that particular juncture,
which only needed to be explained."
And as her tears were falling too fast
for her to utter a word, he thus con-
tinued :-" The love of God maketh
us to abound in love to our fellow-
creatures. The Lord Himself taught
us to pray for all His creatures: He
maketh His sun to shine upon the just
and the unjust. Weep no more, my


child, but consider whether you would
be able to carry out still further the
doctrine enjoined by our Saviour by
returning good for evil, for except
your righteousness shall exceed the
righteousness of the scribes and phari-
sees, ye shall in no case enter into the
kingdom of heaven.' And though we
are not commanded to act towards
those we cannot esteem in the same
manner that we do towards those we
venerate and love as Christians; yet,
if duty calls upon us to associate with
them, we must do all in our power to
help them, ever pitying and praying
for their infirmities. And now peace
be with thee, my child." A few days
after this, he again called upon Char-
lotte, and gave her a letter he had
received from George, wherein, after
expressing his great pleasure at the
information of his cousin's health and
happiness, and the satisfaction the
explanation of her conduct had given


him, he went on to say-" I grieve to
tell you that my mother continues to
get worse daily, and she is now entirely
unable to leave her bed. What gives
me great uneasiness is, that I have no
sister, no aunt, no friend, on whom
one can rely to take charge of her,
and in sickness it is-so sad to be left
to the tender mercies of a hired nurse.
How delightful it would have been to
have had our Charlotte always at her
side to show her those thousand at-
tentions, that she used formerly to
lavish upon poor, fretful Cecilia.- But
after all that has occurred, how can I
expect she would leave her present
happy home to attend upon relatives,
who have, to say the least of it, treated
her so unjustly." The colour faded
from the rosy cheeks of Charlotte as
she perused the letter. What! she
thought, must I indeed leave my dear
children, my kind friend, to go back
to those who were so unjust, and


heartless towards me ? and who knows
how harshly I may be received ? But
it appears to be my duty, and, if so,
I ought to go. Yes, it is my duty!
Then turning to the old clergyman,
who had been silently scrutinizing her
varying countenance, she said, "Will
you write to my aunt, and tell her, if
I can be of any comfort to her, that
I will go to her at once ?" God be
praised! my child, that your good
mother taught you the lesson of for-
giveness, and that He has fortified
your mind with His Spirit. Remember
the clouds that darken this earth
serve to fructify the soil, and that our
trouble and self-denial here worketh
for us a far more exceeding weight of
glory'-an eternal reward."
ALICE.-And did Charlotte go to
her aunt ?
MAMA.-YeS, my dear. She went,
and, by her gentle and friendly man-
ner, she soon set her aunt and uncle


at ease. Her tender care smoothed the
last days of her aunt's life, who died
blessing her for the good that she
had returned for the other's evil, and
thanking God, who has prepared for
them that love Him such good things
as pass man's understanding." And,
much to the regret of her kind friend'
and her former pupils, she remained
with her uncle his constant com-
panion, and the soother of his melan-
choly hours.
ALICE.-Is she alive now, mama?
I should like to know her very much.
MAMA.-After some time she be-
came. the happy wife of her cousin
George, who has, however, it seems.
inherited the delicacy of his family;
and, therefore, a great many duties
devolve upon her, as the faithful wife
of a country clergyman. Many a
visit of charity, to the sick-beds of the
poor, and the dying, she pays to spare
her husband's health; and how ten-


derly she is beloved by all who know
her, you are as well able to judge as
I am.
ALICE.-Surely, mama, you have
been telling me of Mrs. Shaw, for
her name is Charlotte, and it is just
like her.
MAMA.-Take her, then, for your
example in true Christian forgiveness;
and remember that God says to you
and to all, Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy."

Should my brother injure me,
I to him will mercy show;
I will try to let him see
That is what he ought to do.
Not to show an angry spite,
If in all he does not please;
For such conduct is not right-
Jesus' lambs are not like these.
They are humble, good, and meek,
And for every angry word,
They in gentle accents speak-
Such are pleasing to the Lord.


If I would His child become,
Good for evil must I pay,
Lest I lose my heavenly home,
And in wrath be turned away.
Jesus, make me meek and civil,
Ready to give good for evil.



ALICE.-Is it not strange, mama, that
the Gospel, to-day, is just like the
story of the loaves and fishes in my
dear "Happy Sundays;" and I have
been reading it over to nurse, mama.
It was so dreadfully hot in the house,
we went into the library, and even
into your bed-room, but we could not
find a cool place anywhere, and at last
nurse said we would go into the grove,
where it was shady.
MAMA.-That was a very wise
thought of nurse's, and I daresay you
enjoyed sitting out of doors very much.


ALICE.-Indeed I did, mama, and
nurse enjoyed it too, and so did my
brother-for I took my Happy Sun-
days," and read it out loud to them
all, and even baby seemed to listen,
she was so quiet. And we did not go
in till we saw the servants crossing the
lawn, and I was afraid of keeping you
waiting, mama.
MAMA.-Your papa and I also found
the sun very hot, and we were obliged
to walk very slowly.
ALICE.-Are you going to tell me
about the sermon, mama.
MAMA.--I should first wish you to
tell me what you have learned about
the Gospel.
ALICE.-The care of Jesus Christ
in providing for the wants of His dis-
ciples, and the people who came to
hear Him.
MAMA.-Just in the same way as
He now supplies the wants of all that
call upon Him. He never knows our


necessities without supplying them,
and He knows far better than we do
what is best and most needful for us.
What did Jesus say to His disciples ?
ALICE.-" I have compassion upon
the multitude, because they have now
been with Me three days, and have
nothing to eat; if I send them away
fasting to their own houses they will
faint by the way," for divers of them
came from far. They had followed
Him a long way to obtain spiritual
food from His holy lips, and now He
takes compassion upon their weary and
fainting bodies, and out of seven
loaves and a few small fishes, He made
sufficient to satisfy them all; and after
they were filled, they gathered up of
the broken meat that was left seven
ALICE.-That was very wonderful,
considering that four thousand people
had been fed. It must have been a
great deal more than at the beginning.


MAMA.-And yet no more wonder.
ful than the feeding of all those thou-
sands of Israelites, who were encamped
in the wilderness, with manna. Not
more miraculous, than the bringing of
water out of a stony rock. Nor more
extraordinary, than the supplying of
Elijah with food by means of the
ravens. You know that they brought
him bread and meat every day, so long
as he needed it. And I remember
reading a similar story the other day,
about an Italian gentleman, who was
shut up in prison, and was kept upon
bread and water, and such small quan-
tities of these were allowed him, that
he was very nearly starved.
ALICE.-Why was he put in prison,
mama ?
MAMA.-I should not have forgot-
ten to tell you, that it was on account
of his religion that he was imprisoned,
because he persisted in worshipping
his Maker in the way that he believed


to be right. But it so happened that
he was without money, and he had no
means of letting his friends know where
he was, or what he wanted. However,
the same good God, who provided for
the fainting people in the wilderness,
knew how to provide for His faithful
servant in the gloomy prison. There
was only a small window in the cell
where the prisoner was confined, and
out of this window he used to look up
to the bright heaven, where the sun
was shining, and to pray to his Father
to hear him, and to have mercy upon
him. The only thing that the poor
prisoner could see (for the window was
very high up) was the sky, and the
clouds that passed quickly over his
* head, and now and then a bird skim-
ming along in the air. Well, one day,
to his great surprise, there came two
large birds to the window-I believe
they were jackdaws-and the poor gen-
tleman went up close to the window


where they were resting, but they did
not attempt to fly away; and presently
he observed that one of them had
something in its beak, which it dropped
at his feet, for this window had only
iron bars across, and no nice glass like
our windows. When the prisoner
picked up this piece of cloth, which
the jackdaw had dropped, he found
that it contained a piece of money.
ALICE.-Oh, mama, how glad he
must have been. Did he not think
God had sent it ?
MAMA.-He was sure that God,
who provides even for the little birds,
had taken these wonderful means of
supplying his need. The piece of
gold was enough to provide him with
food for a long time; and, before
the money was quite spent, there was
an order signed to release him from
ALICE.-Was he not thankful to
God, for helping him out of trouble ?


MAMA.-And yet we have daily
as many mercies to be thankful for,
and are often forgetful of Him who
sends them to us. And thus we
ought always to be on the watch
against our spiritual enemy, who, as
we are told in the Epistle, is always
on the watch to lead us astray, and
to make us careless and forgetful of
our Benefactor. Satan is like "a
roaring lion, seeking whom he may
devour;" whose greatest delight is,
to make us unthankful and dis-
obedient ; and the only protection we
have against him is to pray for the
grace of the Holy Spirit to be with
us, and dwell in us continually.
ALICE.-Don't you remember those
two lines you told me, mama, a long
time ago, when you were talking
about this same miracle of Christ's
feeding so many people, and when I
had been naughty, and would not eat
up my crumbs ? It was this-
H 2


"Satan trembles when he sees
The weakest sinner on his knees."
I think you very often make him
tremble, mama.
MAMA.-Not so often as he makes
me tremble, my dear, though not so
much for myself as for my children;
and my only comfort is the memory of
Christ's gracious promises, Fear not,
little flock, it is your Father's good
pleasure to give you the kingdom."
ALICE.-If you have time, mama,
do tell me the story of the widow
who fed Elijah when the ravens left
MAMA.-The ravens did not leave
off feeding him as long as the brook
supplied him with water; but when
the brook was dried up for want of
rain, God ordered the prophet to go to
Zarephath. "And when he came to
the gate of the city, behold the widow
woman was there gathering of sticks :
And he called to her, and said, Fetch

University of Florida Home Page
© 2004 - 2010 University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries.
All rights reserved.

Acceptable Use, Copyright, and Disclaimer Statement
Last updated October 10, 2010 - - mvs