Sunday, January 31, 2016

Emmet Fox: The Sermon On The Mount

     I finished reading Mr. de Arteaga's wonderful book on Agnes Sanford and Her Companions... 
(see post on January 26) which I loved and highly recommend.  It reminded me of why I was so attracted to the spiritual giants I met through CFO.  They really were ahead of their time.  Since being exposed to them so many years ago I have been looking for the same deep faith and understanding of the Gospel wherever I go, and have not yet discovered it to the depth they exemplified  I plan to read the book again when I get it back from our oldest son to whom I loaned it yesterday.  I'm thinking I may just have to get another copy so I will always have one to loan and one to refer to.
      In the meantime, I have started reading Emmet Fox's The Sermon On The Mount which was mentioned in de Arteaga's book.  I immediately ordered a copy from but then found I already had a copy which was brought from N.C. when they were cleaning out Tommy Tyson's library after his death.  I have begun reading it and absolutely love it, also.  In fact, it is so practical that I'm hoping to find some other like-minded souls who want to read the book with me and do an experiment on putting it into practice.
      If that interests you, let me know.  I guess if I can't find anyone locally, maybe we could have an Internet discussion group.  With Skype, Facetime, etc. I'm sure we could figure out a way.

As an example, here is a quote from Mr. Fox's discussion of the beatitude, Blessed are the merciful; for they shall obtain mercy.  (The highlighting is mine because I truly want to remember this and practice it.  What a much better way to see a situation than to get angry and retaliate!)

..."Let us be merciful in our mental judgments of our brother, for, in truth, we are all one, and the more deeply he seems to err, the more urgent is the need for us to help him with the right thought, and so make it easier for him to get free.  You--because you understand the power of the Spiritual Idea, the Christ Truth--have a responsibility that others have not; see that you do not evade it.  When his delinquency comes to your notice, remember that the Christ in him is calling out for help to you who are enlightened--so be merciful..."

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