鈥極r perhaps you鈥檇 sooner not stop and talk to-day after your news,鈥?he said. What do you really think now, fathers, of these impious and extravagant expressions? According to them, if we would wait 鈥渢ill there be some hope of amendment鈥?in sinners before granting their absolution, we must wait 鈥渢ill God the Father swear by himself,鈥?that they will never fall into sin any more! What, fathers! is no distinction to be made between hope and certainty? How injurious is it to the grace of Jesus Christ to maintain that it is so impossible for Christians ever to escape from crimes against the laws of God, nature, and the Church, that such a thing cannot be looked for, without supposing 鈥渢hat the Holy Ghost has told a lie鈥? and, if absolution is not granted to those who give no hope of amendment, the blood of Jesus Christ will be useless, forsooth, and would never be applied to a single soul!鈥?To what a sad pass have you come, fathers by this extravagant desire of upholding the glory of your authors, when you can find only two ways of justifying them 鈥?by imposture or by impiety; and when the most innocent mode by which you can extricate yourselves is by the barefaced denial of facts as patent as the light of day! There are those who would be ashamed to subject themselves to such a taskmaster, and who think that the man who works with his imagination should allow himself to wait till 鈥?inspiration moves him. When I have heard such doctrine preached, I have hardly been able to repress my scorn. To me it would not be more absurd if the shoemaker were to wait for inspiration, or the tallow-chandler for the divine moment of melting. If the man whose business it is to write has eaten too many good things, or has drunk too much, or smoked too many cigars 鈥?as men who write sometimes will do 鈥?then his condition may be unfavourable for work; but so will be the condition of a shoemaker who has been similarly imprudent. I have sometimes thought that the inspiration wanted has been the remedy which time will give to the evil results of such imprudence. 鈥?Mens sana in corpore sano. The author wants that as does every other workman 鈥?that and a habit of industry. I was once told that the surest aid to the writing of a book was a piece of cobbler鈥檚 wax on my chair. I certainly believe in the cobbler鈥檚 wax much more than the inspiration. March 24, 1657 Chapter 4 Mixed Messages. 18女的下面流水图片欣赏 "It's a drug used by oculists, just as they use atropin, but for the precisely opposite effect. Atropin dilates the pupils; physostigmine contracts them. Both are pre-eminent in their respective properties." This was too much for John.