Friday Florilegium


It matters not where or what we are, only we be His servants.

They are happy who have a wide field and great strength to fulfill His missions of compassion; and they, too, are blessed who, in sheltered homes and narrow ways of duty, wait upon Him in lowly services of love.

Wise or simple, gifted or slender in knowledge, in the world’s gaze or in hidden paths, high or low, encompassed by affections and joys of home, or lonely and content in God alone, what matters, so that they bear the seal of the living God? Blessed company, unknown to each other, unknowing even themselves!

–H. E. Manning (1808-1892), an English Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster

And for another Friday literary bouquet, join Kimberlee Conway Ireton.