Saturday, June 27, 2009

Set before your eyes

"Call to mind the fearful calamities of the church, which might move to pity even minds of iron. Nay, set before your eyes her squalid and unsightly form, and the sad devastation which is everywhere beheld. How long, pray, will you allow the spouse of Christ, the mother of you all, to lie thus prostrated and afflicted -- thus, too, when she is imploring your protection, and when the means of relief are in your hand?"

John Calvin, The Necessity of Reforming the Church, pages 197-198.