Abraham, example of good use of riches, 240; his offering Isaac a type of our Lord's death, 283; bid sacrifice Isaac, that he might be rewarded, 331; an example to bereaved parents, 336; prayed for Sodom, 342; preferred God to all things, 350; heard even his wife for God's sake, 350; blessed in his family for this, 350; not heard for Sodom, 358; his reward greater for his not knowing the future, 361; had children, but was not covetous, 369; his hospitality, ib.; wronged by Lot, ib.
Affliction, of self, now a virtue, at Day of Judgment an unprofitable reflection, 245; a benefit, 253; no one free from it even in this world's contests, 253; from it ease springs, 255; admits spiritual joy, 325 (see Trial) ; the lot of Christians, 335; less felt when we have great blessings, 350; grace and comfort in, 380; unity a help in, 380-81; shakes the weak, confirms the strong, 380; comfort in, 382; a temptation against love of God, 393.
Alms, adorn the soul, root out covetousness, raise soul toward heaven, bring blessings, assist the dead, 197; a help to catechumens, ib.; measured by the purpose of the giver, 251-52; are a sweet savor to God, ib.; should be given in proportion to the property a person has, 294; are a more beautiful clothing than golden ornaments, 307; surpassed by thanksgiving and losses, 337; giving, relieves one's losses, 338; stores for, 338; oil of our lamp, 371; are for those who cannot support themselves, 394.
Almsgiving, to ministers a gain to the giver, 187; the right disposition of giving, 187; removes sins of the giver, ib.; should be to the poorer before the richer, ib.; not to a saint in abundance, ib.; should be without nice curiosity, 188; its good effects on man's nature, 248; does more good to the giver than the receiver, 249; shown to be the best thing by time present and future, 263.
Angels, Colossians' notion about them refuted, 270; created by the Son, 271; all things done by them are of Christ, ib.; aforetime enemies to man, were reconciled to him by Christ, 272; could not persuade men to reconciliation, for they could not bind Satan, 275; not needed since men are "knit" to Christ, 276; notion about them answered again by Christ's being in Christians, 280; Colossians' notion about them arose from some false teacher, out of his vainglory, 288; it caused them to let go their hold of Christ, and so be lost, 289; attend on children, 351; work of in the Resurrection, 355-56; host of, described as surrounding Christ, 382.
Antichrist, might seem a sign of Christ's coming, 362; is not an exact one, ib.; will come first, and so far a sign, 378; Christ left no room for his deceit, 378; he that shall come in his own name, ib.; called the Apostasy, 386; will not setup idolatry, ib.; will be worshiped in God's temple, i.e., in Churches, ib.; miracles of, ib.; is not Satan, 386; what withheld, the Roman Empire, 388-89; Nero a type of, 389; Christ's mere appearing shall destroy, ib.; permitted for silencing of unbelievers, ib.
Apostles, The, examples how we should meet pride arising from our wisdom, 205; a type, and their life-giving laws, 240; taught and then left those they had taught to teach in their place, 301; their ignorance no hindrance to the spread of the Preaching, 307; rejoiced in suffering, 325; chosen as unworldly, 329; at first curious about the time of Consummation, 360; not so afterwards, ib.; not informed, ib.; St. Peter chief of, ib.
Avarice, souls sacrificed to, 346; wickedness of, 368; vain excuses for, answered, 368-69; its bad effects, 210; consists in loving money at all, 211; hinders from seeing Christ's face, ib.; is a root of evils, ib.; hinders from being Christ's servant, ib.
Baptism, called a seal, 197; men freed from sin by, and have the Holy Ghost given them, 237; men are delivered, as it were, from a fever and wholly diseased state by it, ib.; it gives remission of sin, grace, and wealth, 238; prodigal son an example for those that have sinned after baptism, ib.; is through the cross, 242; the way prepared for it by the things done of old in water, 283; is a circumcision of spirit, 285; not burial only, but resurrection, ib.; a death unto sin, 286; prefigured in Red Sea, 290; its destroying and new-making effects no cause for marvel from what goes on in nature, 290; called sleep by heretics, 352; too often deferred, 361; St. Greg. Naz. on this practice, 361 (note 3) ; priest has one with people, 392.
Beggars, adjure by Christ in vain, 373; succeed by praising ladies' beauty, ib.; driven to low jesting and juggling, ib.; and to loose music, ib.; thankful under great privations, ib.; at churches, ib.; cruel treatment of, 395.
Bonds, a furtherance to the Gospel, 182, 189; a confirmation of the Gospel, 186; give confidence to others, 190; cause preaching both from envy and for good-will, ib.; the great service they are to St. Paul and to his work, 306; a contrast between his and those the women bound their hair with, 307; St. Paul's, a support under all kinds of tribulations, 315; and in temptations to luxury, 315-16.
Children, of nobles, wear golden ornaments round the neck, as those of high birth, 182; put it off when men, 183; require to be indulged, 277; loss of, not a new suffering, and a gain to them, 299; may be wept for, but without blasphemous words, ib.; at Constantinople had learnt songs and dances of Satan; should be instructed in psalms and hymns, 301; should never be left to intermix freely with servants or friends even, ib.; the many virtuous lessons they may be instructed in from the Psalms, 302.
Children, term used by St. Paul when he would correct or show fondness for, 229; loss of, too great grief for, 349; what children happy, 351; good, meet their fathers, 356; eaten by women, 358; curiosity of, 360; made an excuse for avarice, 368; God may take away if made an excuse, 369; patriarchs had, but were not covetous, ib.; why given, ib.; should be taught to fear judgment, 383; to be regulated, 384; cares for, sweet to a mother, 392.
Christ, how glorified in St. Paul's life or death, 194; exhorts disciples by examples of himself, the Father, and prophets, 206; called the great God by St. Paul, 207; His not seizing to Himself equality proves Him not lesser than the Father, 208; His divinity not matter of robbery, but His right, natural to Him, 213; His emptying Himself His own act, ib.; if a mere creature, did not humble Himself in washing disciples' feet, 214; in what ways like and unlike other men, ib.; underwent no change or degeneracy in becoming a servant, ib.; proved to have taken a soul against the Apollinarians, 214-15; was not servile in becoming willingly obedient to His Father, but greatly honored Him, 215; His humiliation corresponding to His height, ib.; His death greater humiliation than His being a servant, ib.; the most ignominious death of all, ib.; humbled as man, ib.; exalted as man, ib.; His glory, honor, or dishonor is the Father's too, 216; His obedience, His exaltation, ib.; can be known only by faith, 235; fellowship in His sufferings and death through faith, 236; comes Himself to take His friends to heaven, 244; the grief it will be to be rejected from His kingdom at the judgment, 245; men are saints because of their faith in Him, 258; His names symbols of His benefits to man, ib.; He cometh to us through the poor, 260; present at the table of the poor, 261; the greatness of His work in redemption, 267; First of the Church, as the Adam of men, 271-72; still suffers in His members, 276; does many things for them now, ib.; reasons why He came at this time, not in old time, 277-79; in Him is hid all wisdom, 281; "fullness of Godhead" in Him means that God dwelleth in Him, 285; blotted out the bond that was against man by His death, 286; and then tore it in two, ib.; conquered Satan on the cross, ib.; His death public, His Resurrection private, ib.; so beautiful it is not possible to tell, 295; is put on by clothing the soul with virtues, 308; present at marriages, 319; with His angels, 320; glorified in suffering, 325; waiting for, 328; His resurrection a ground of hope, 328, 363; known by the Jews, though slain by them, 333; foretold affliction to lighten it, 335; suffered for us while enemies, ib.; he that can give to, rich, 338; death of, proves incarnation real, 352; is in the faithful, 353; our Pilot, 355; words of, recorded only by St. Paul, ib.; voice of, raises the dead, ib.; honor of meeting, 356; checked curiosity about the end, 360-61; comes as a thief, and why, 361; comes suddenly, though preceded by Antichrist and Elias, 362; command of, to obey rulers, though bad men, 366; comes to table in the poor, 374; proclaimed at hand to induce disappointment, 377; spoke particularly of consummation to provide against deceivers, 378; coming of, to be like lightning, ib.; taught humility by washing disciples' feet, 379; suffering for, glorious, 385; coming of, will be with gathering of saints, 385-86; followers of Antichrist would in no case have believed, 389; did not openly call Himself God, ib.; excuses for not believing, taken away through Antichrist, 389; came in the Father's name, ib.; called the Love of the Truth, ib.; friend of man, 390; glory of, to save men, ib.; is present where men pray together, 392; to be waited for, 393; forbade idleness, 394.
Christians, of old, sharers of St. Paul's sufferings, 200; if they glorify Christ, and live not rightly, insult Him, and worse than heathen, 216; enemies to the cross, who seek ease and luxury, 242; called faithful because of mysteries intrusted to them never intrusted to others, 258; a call to have a portion of the Saints in Light, 266; translated into it by Christ, ib.; yet prefer ease and luxury in this world, 267; contrasts between state of, at baptism and Adam's state in Paradise, 287; can only be kept in state of purity by a virtuous life, 287-88; are risen with Christ therefore their life is not this life, nor will it appear till He appears, 289; compare to a corpse, 290; have all one royal form, viz., that of Christ, 297; should make the sign of the cross, and not use amulets, 298; should not always be learning, but should be able after a time to teach others also, 301; wisdom with which they should treat those that are not Christians, 309; in having put on Christ, are clothed with ornament enough, 307.
Christian, so may you die, a form of adjuration, 372; first all friends, 331; appointed to trials, 335; present, have borne nothing, ib.; are not ready for war, ib.; in peace should provide for war, 336; are Christ's in death or life, 363; first, as one family, hence withdrawal much feared, 395-96.
Chrysostom, St., admires St. Paul more for his grief at sinners than for his many trials, 254-55; is not afraid to warn people of their sins because he may be left with a small congregation, 293; the mind with which he had spoken of the defects of his people, ib.; his hearty joy at the mention of St. Paul's bonds, 306; straitened for an example of friendship, 331; his argument about fornication, 342; apostrophizes Joseph, 343; urges to immediate forgiveness, ib.; talks like a matchmaker, 346; must speak of unclean things for remedy, ib.; calls his charge his own body, ib.; in fear of punishment because of his office, 359; promises to prove that hell is not against God's mercy, 359-60; grieves for scorners, 365; complained of for discipline, 366; prayed for the people, though unworthy to do so, 371; asks their prayers on account of his responsibility, 372; and on account of Satan's assaults, 391; feels for the people as a father, 391; asks to hear any complaint, 392; wishes his charge multiplied, though heavy, ib.; spiritual children of, ib.; pangs for, ib.; preached as bishop once or twice a month, 396; asks help in teaching, 397.
Church, the, the bride of Christ and of His flesh, 319; the real palace, 373; poor around doors of, ib.; lessons from this, 374; rich are vain and showy in, 387; reverence in, 388; called in God, for distinction from other assemblies, 324; of Constantinople, unworthy to be so called, ib.; offenders removed from, 336; order of, like that of an army, 367; they that war on, say they know God, 378; whole, claims our love, 381; tradition of, 390; each once like one family, 396; glory of, lost for want of love, ib.
Circumcision, might be performed to the breaking of the Sabbath, 230; nothing but "concision" when the law was no more, 230; what true circumcision is, ib.; only a type, 231; how it differed from baptism, 285.
Colossians, Epistle to the, written while St. Paul was in bonds, and after that to the Romans, 257; later than that to the Philippians, ib.; their fruitfulness after they had received grace, 259; are brought unto God by ministers of Christ, not by angels, ib.; praised for their way of life, 265; blamed for their doctrines, ib.; must be brought unto God by His Son, no more by angels, 264; their love for St. Paul, 280; saw him constantly in the spirit, ib.; their steadfastness in faith, 281; warned against their notion about angels by being bid walk in Christ, 284; warned against some false philosophizer that would gradually undermine them, ib.
Consummation, curiosity about time of, 360; curiosity checked, ib.; time of, best not known, 361; death is to each one, 360; now going on, 360-61; Christ spoke particularly of, to exclude deceivers, 378; Thessalonians perplexed about, ib.
Curiosity, must not be indulged, 277, 279; natural to man, 360; indulgence promotes, ib.; especially about the consummation, ib.; belongs to an imperfect state, ib.; reasons against, ib.; excuse for, to answer heathens, ib.
Day, sons of, 362; to be such our own part, ib.; of the Lord comes as a thief, 326, 360; of judgment, circumstances of, 355; darkness to some, light to others, 362; comes as travail on a woman, but partially foreknown, 362; as a thief to men in darkness, ib.; last, will show who have believed, 385; falsely proclaimed at hand, 386.
Dead, of all ages, raised, 356; raised and gathered before caught up, ib.; all await the end, 361; by nature and in sin compared, 363-64; one who wrongs us is in sin, 368; therefore we need no revenge, ib.; burial of, 379.
Death, no shame to a Christian, 194; only a coming to life to the Christian, 196; in itself indifferent, ib.; several causes of the fear of, 198; that by the Cross most ignominious, 215; of the just matter of joy, 223; that of desperately bad, cause of more joy, ib.; if really death, sad, 349; horror of being led to, 356; eternal more terrible, ib.; consummation to each one, 360; time of, best unknown, 361; fear of, restrains many, ib.; vice a, 363; going to, by a broad road unenviable, 364; thought of, humbling, ib.
Discourses, of Hell, profitable, 359; thought unpleasant, 382; qualify the soul; 383-84; are to it as wind to ships, 383; to be applied to all, 384; preferred by many to lessons, 388; yet not heeded by them, 388; less effective than life, 396.
Envy, the causes of it, 191; to indulge it makes us friends of Satan's, to resist it makes us sharers in our brother's pleasure, 312; he that resists it, makes his own soul brighter than his whose grace he envies, and gains three crowns, 313; makes to fight against God and His Church, and puts a man in punishment, 313; likened to a savage beast, ib.; of Cain from want of love, 342; bred at marriage feasts, 384.
Epaphroditus, sent by clergy of Philippi to St. Paul, 184; sent to the Philippians by St. Paul, 223; St. Paul's fellow-soldier, 224; "Messenger" or "Teacher" to the Philippians, 225; his sickness and recovery, ib.; risked his life in going to visit St. Paul, ib.; the service of all the Philippians fulfilled through him, 226; the bearer of the Epistle to the Philippians, 249; bearer of alms to St. Paul, 252; brought St. Paul the account of the Colossians, 258; commended by St. Paul, 314; a Colossian, ib.; St. Paul's great praise of him, 315.
Epistle to Hebrews, called one of St. Paul's writings, 184; second to Thessalonians, occasion of, 377; one forged as from St. Paul, 377, 386; token of a true, 377; prefaced with prayer for God's favor, 380; not all things given in, 390.
Faith, alone comprehends mysteries, 236; is perfected by doing works like Christ's works, ib.; coupled with conduct everywhere by St. Paul, 264; causes solidity when it shuts out reasonings, 282; instances of the need of it in things above human conception, 282-83; implies willingness to suffer, 324proved by it, ib.; strong, of Thessalonians, 328; what could be lacking in, 341; in Mysteries, 354; needed everywhere, ib.; sails of, 355; a breastplate, 363; how strengthened, 363, 380; weakness in, 367; design of some to subvert, 377; weak, shaken by affliction, strong confirmed, 381; work of, is patience, 385; not given to all, 391.
Fathers, duty of, to their children, 304; reward children for virtue as pleasing them, 332; should keep sons in chastity, 346; good children meet, 356; neglect education of sons, 359; have to annoy their sons, 366; but can do so unresisted, ib.; relation of, to sons, why appointed, 369; even as such have claims on children, 372; would not lose their children, though burdened, 392.
Fear of God is better than all things, 197; not so powerful as shame to bring us to right tone, 201; a means of softening the mind, 212; needful for setting a high example, 219; in achieving temporal, much more spiritual matters, ib.; produced by remembrance of God's presence everywhere, ib.; should not cast down because God works with man, 220; of man often more persuasive than fear of hell, 226.
Fornication, its bad effects on man's nature, 248; opposed to love, 342; to be shunned for sanctification, 344; those who commit, are like filthy swine, ib.; worst in the married, 345; all, forbidden, ib.; the young to be kept from, 345; early, makes bad husbands, 346; twenty-three thousand slain for it, 358; law against, then new to them, ib.; quenches the Spirit, 370; never satisfies, 379; how corrected, 396.
Friendship, of many, brings hurt, 189; many kinds of friendship, 259; it is a cold kind that comes of giving great feasts, 263; become rare, 330; examples of, in first Christians, ib.; rewarded by God, 332.
God, everywhere called great in the Scriptures, 207; all mankind acknowledge Him to be just, 212; His glory does not consist in man's worship, 215-16; when the Son is honored or dishonored He is, 216; everywhere present, 219; His longsuffering motive for repentance, ib.; works with man only when he has a good will to work, not to make him careless, 220; gives the desire and fulfillment of the good works, ib.; His working with man does not take away his free-will, ib.; men flee from Him by sin, 237; to know His will spiritual wisdom is needful, 264; to know His essence, continual prayers, ib.; longsuffering is said of Him, patience never, 265; His love known by seeing His Son delivered up, ib.; His gifts cannot be used unless He gives strength, ib.; does not do things on a sudden, but with consideration of man's weakness, 277; the Church in Him, 224; sinners not so, ib.; raised up Christ, 328; His trusting implies approval, 329; acts like a friend in dissembling claims, 331; promises His Son as reward for Abraham, ib.; rewards us for what is good for us, 332; well-doing his gift, 341; true virtue that in His sight, 342; is insulted by uncleanness, and avenges, 345; teaches love of brethren, 348; blasphemed through idlers, ib.; jealous of our trusting in man, 350; takes away what we prefer to him, ib.; protects the widow, ib.; and the fatherless, 351; His undeserved goodness, 350; speaks more kindly than a husband, 351; nature of, inscrutable, 354; His power ends difficulty, ib.; seen in a manner by prophets, 355; spoke to St. Paul, ib.; Resurrection His work, 356; will do what He threatens, 357; did so to old world, and to Sodom, ib.; must punish if impartial, 359; infinite goodness of, 363; mercy of, to the merciful, 365; image of, not to be insulted, 368; salvation of, His purpose, 372; admits the poor to His courts, 374; not knowing, the beginning of pride, 378; knowing, cures pride, 379; St. Paul invokes favor of, 380; favor of, to Joseph, ib.; praise due to, for our good actions, ib.; justice of, to be seen at last, 381; must punish on His own account, 382; the King most to be feared, ib.; forbears, that we may prepare, 384; does all His part to save us, ib.; punishment of those who know not, 384; coming of, in itself implies vengeance, 385; it is light to some, darkness to others, ib.; glorified in His saints, ib.; the faithful His riches, ib.; imparting good, His glory, ib.; gratification or persuasion of, ib.; speaks in Church lessons, 387; letters from, ib.; all good ascribed to, 390; care of, a pledge, ib.; we concur with, in our establishing, ib.; desires united prayers, 391; all depends on, 393; love of, how to show, ib.
Gospel, to share in its troubles is a blessedness, 186-87; its progress throughout the world, 259; mystery of, hidden in Christ, 279; only made manifest now to the Saints, 280; in what its great mystery consists, ib.; proved divine by persecution, 324, 329; preached for no ill purpose, ib.; a great gift, but easy to give, 330; to be preached to all nations before Christ comes, 378.
Grace, those are made partakers of it who partake of the sufferings of their ministers, 186; not given in Job's time, 222; given in baptism, quenched by sin, 238; works with God's ministers, though unworthy, 274; some quench, some improve, 370; works by unworthy ministers, 371; prayer for, in Epistles, 380; consolation from, ib.; to endure trials, 385; a pledge for the future, 390; has made many laymen better than rulers, 391.
Grief, to be shown for sinners living, as well as when dying, 196; but with secret, not open, sorrow, ib.; for sinners, tends to joy, and is evidence of a mind devoted to God, 255; profitable to those that grieve, as leading them to repent for their own sins, ib.
Heathens, sometimes chaste, 347; grief at deaths suitable to, 349; answers to, about Resurrection, 353; no better answer by knowing time of Consummation, 360; asked when should be Resurrection, 361; shame they should see Christians despise adjuration, 372; use of their histories, 379.
Hell, appointed for avaricious, 212 (see Avarice) ; a warning to bad men, ib.; though intolerable, yet not equal to the pain of being dishonored at the judgment, 245; deluge a proof of, 357; Sodom a proof of, ib.; not known to ancients, 358; thought of, implanted in us for good, 359, 382; St. Chrysostom in fear of, 359; sons of, 362, 366; thought of, makes trouble seem nothing, 382; should be talked of, 382-83; thought of, keep from falling into it, 383; he that will not hear of, not ready for persecution, ib.; St. Paul would have borne for God's will, ib.; fear of, guides the soul, 384; rich man would have escaped had he feared, ib.; some think mild and temporary, 384; those refuted, ib.
Heretics, do great and good works, but without a reward, 191; their way of interpreting, "He thought it not robbery," 212; say Christ was humbled not as He is Man, 215; that "Name" means glory, ib.; and that God's glory consisted in that all worship Him, ib.; their notions of God false, 216; the wisdom of the Spirit leads them to undertake the fight that they may fail, 234; blot out words of Scripture when against them, ib.; entrapped by St. Paul's words on the Law, ib.
Humility, the greatest safety for disciples against their enemies, 182; Joseph's, 204; Christ's cause of men's working greater deeds than Himself, 205; not adulation or meanness, ib.; shown in David, ib.; examples of, ib.; is shown when one shows respect to another, for things pleasing to God, 206; taught by examples of Christ, ib.; must be an emptying one's self from free choice, 213; what true humblemindedness is, 208; always a way to be exalted, 216; the good things that spring from it, 217; arises from considering our own failings, 229.
Husband, duty of, to his wife, 304; bound to keep to his wife alone, as she to him, 345; not to be idolized, 350; what comes of a, ib.; should teach by example, 396 (and see Wife) ; head of the wife, 397; his obligations to her, ib.; should take spiritual food, like a swallow, to the nest, ib.
Jews, corrupt Christianity under a show, 182; an example with what mind men should give to Priests, 226; still in an imperfect state from excess of listlessness, 277; were as children under Moses, ib.; the wilderness was a school to them, 278; Egypt as the tablet on which their letters were written, ib.; like children in wishing to return to Egypt, ib.; their doctrines those of children, ib.; were humored in their passions like children, ib.; in all respects imperfect like children, 279; prayer not heard for, 326; persecutors of Christ and His Church, 333; and that not for truth's sake, ib.; slew prophets whose books they use, ib.; enemies of all men, ib.; wrath on them, 334; their sufferings, 358.
Job, heard for his friends, 326; he could not have saved the Jews, ib.; his patience better than almsgiving, 337; wrestled with Satan, ib.; tried through his wife, 340; mourned little for his children from love to God, 350; thankful in all circumstances, 367; prayers of, for his children, 392; prayer of, for his sons, not for temporal blessings, but for pardon of sin, 197; Satan attacked his soul to make him more approved, 210; an example of suffering without murmuring, 221; the grievousness of his sickness, ib.; and his state worse than ours, because it was before the gift of grace, and the tidings of the Resurrection, 222; gave thanks in his pain, 265.
Joseph, his example shows us how we may overcome the pride that comes from our wisdom, 204; contrast between him and the Egyptian woman, 307; how tempted by his mistress, 342-43; firm, yet moved by tears, 343; forbore revenge, ib.; an instance of the power of grace, 380; how hardly treated, ib.
Judgment, to be dishonored in the, worse than pain of hell, 245; the nearness of it, a consolation to the good, 244; Day of, is night and winter to sinners, day to the just, 267; Christian who disbelieves it cannot be called a Christian, 268; none disbelieve it, 269; to disbelieve it not reasonable, 269-70; commencement of, 355; not disproved by prosperity of wicked, 362; suddenness of, ib.; terrors of, to scorners, 365; deceivers proclaimed at hand to induce disappointment, 377; just, of God, 382; children to be taught about, 383; future, less talked of than earthly, 384; and less prepared for, ib.; delayed that we may repent, ib.
King, Eternal, fear of, 382; honor of meeting, 355; reprieve from, 356; poor admitted with, to Christ's Table, 374; none Christian at first, 381; fear of, keeps from much evil, 382; letters of, read in churches, 387.
Law, the, not is loss, but is counted loss for Christ, 235; like a bridge to the Gospel, ib.; or as a man counts silver when he found gold, ib.; it is loss by comparison, ib.; good as the chaff is to the corn, ib.; not absolutely loss, but for Christ, ib.; but a doctrine of men, now the time (of Christ) is come, 289.
Life, is of several kinds, 195; what it is not to live this present life, ib.; this present, worth living if we live in faith, 196; not life if it has no fruit ib.; good or bad as we make it, ib.; the present a good state, 225; future is better than a good state, ib.; to risk it for saints is martyrdom, 226; cannot be without pain, 254; the present, compared to a nest of mire and sticks, 267; the virtuous, a good thing, 280; the present, should be no cause of care to a Christian, 290.
Love, spiritual, a support in great trials, 186; it was as a dew to the holy children, ib.; impossible to convey St. Paul's in words, 188; is unbounded, 189; indiscriminate, leads to weak friendships, and to receiving spurious doctrines, and makes to stumble, ib.; it should have respect to what is profitable, with understanding, ib.; maintained by believers standing in one mind, 199; to love one another the best return for spiritual benefits, 203; it is more to St. Paul than to deliver him from dangers, ib.; greater than like-mindedness, ib.; how much is meant by oneness of mind, ib.; shown for others by wrestling in spirit for them, 224; increased by troubles from without, 253; spiritual love alone steadfast, 259; and like a queen over other friendships, ib.; instanced in St. Paul and Moses, ib.; is as the bond or root, without which there can be no perfection 295; is more requisite from the governing to the governed than from the governed to the governing, 304; puts down envy, 313; labor of, 324; true, would give the soul, 330; possible, since Christ bids, 331; want of, causes heresies, ib.; love dissembles favors, ib.; perpetuates heathenism, ib.; is indescribable, as a foreign plant, ib.; needs help of presence, 334; should extend to all, 341, 348, 380; makes unblamable, 342; saints pleased God by, ib.; fire of, consumes all sin, ib.; Cain wanted, ib.; overcame St. Paul, ib.; why mentioned in passing, 348; God teaches, ib.; of God to man, 351; a breastplate, 363; how to strengthen, ib.; overcomes distance, 372; weak, shaken by affliction, strong, confirmed, 380-81; should be equally balanced, 381; danger of division in, ib.; must be for God's sake, ib.; of God, hindered by many things, 393; toward God before ourselves, implies before money too, ib.
Man, is superior to brutes only through religion and virtue, 218; and in things that concern the soul, ib.; may become an angel by practice of virtue, ib.; not worthy of the grace of God, 266; greatness of his deliverance set forth, ib.; and of his own will under the power of darkness, 275; could be persuaded to return to God only by Christ, ib.; can continue in this state only by continuing to have faith and hope in Christ, 276; how he is changed by the Gospel, 276; "the old man" does not mean the substance of flesh, but the bad moral choice, 294; the new man is ever advancing to greater youthfulness, 295; man imperfect when alone, 318.
Marriages, satanical performances at, 378; how marriage is a mystery, ib.; marriage union really a pure thing, dishonored from man's wickedness, 319; how it is a mystery of the Church, ib.; a satanic pomp in, without significancy, 320; pleasure will follow from celebration of a marriage in an orderly way, ib.; melancholy from such as then were common, ib.; the right way to keep the wedding feast, ib.
Mercy, works of, must never be given up, 182; should be worn as tokens about the necks of Christians, ib.; a means to convince unbelievers, 183; must be done with caution and true faith, ib.; can only be done in this world, ib.; can open the gates of heaven, 183; ofttimes called "righteousness," 189; men soon led to it, no good in our nature so great as it, 201; in the nature even of the fiercest, ib.; peculiar to power, ib.; the world established by it, ib.; most pleasing to God, ib.; priests, kings, and prophets anointed by it, ib.; signified by oil, ib.; it is over all men alike, ib.; without it all created things would perish, ib.; cause of light to men, 202; to be merciful God's true character, and so man's, ib.; it is of it that all things are, ib.; it delivers from fire of hell, ib.; comes of love, ib.; without man's showing it, he shall have no forgiveness, ib.; must be shown to obtain mercy, 365; where none the Spirit dwells not, 371.
Palaces, splendid, no cause for pride, 217; none like heaven, 351; way to, borne with, though narrow, 364; one who admits to, loved for it, 367; great men of the world found at, 373; churches the real, ib.
Paul, St., scourged at Philippi, 181, see Philippi; gives high testimony to Philippians, ib.; in bonds when wrote Epistle to Philippians, ib.; let go afterwards, ib.; wrote it in his first imprisonment, ib.; consoles Philippians about his bonds, and exhorts to unanimity and humility, 182; writes to encourage, not to rebuke, Philippians throughout, ib.; praises them for their well-doing, ib.; his great love for them, ib.; why he calls himself "servant" in writing to the Philippians, 184; reason for his writing to the clergy of Philippi, ib.; his joy at their virtues, and constant readiness to assist him, 185; to be loved by him, sign of being great, 186; imprisoned under Emperor Nero, ib.; in what sense he calls God to witness, 188; his bonds useful, 189; cause of confidence to himself, ib.; did not mind grievous things of this life, 193; rejoices though he has many enemies, ib.; his humble-mindedness and trust in God, 194; would glorify Christ by life or death, ib.; not to die at this imprisonment, ib.; how dead as this present life, 195; because he did not care for it, ib.; it would be by God's dispensation, not of man's sin, 196; though in the midst of suffering chooses to live, 198; in what way like the sun, 199; why willing to stay on earth, ib.; not a flatterer, 205; how he was humble and courageous, ib.; exhorts to humility by example of Christ, 206; by awe at presence of the Holy Spirit, ib., and note 2; one text of his lays low many heresies at once, 206; takes away fear of being debased because of humility by example of the Incarnation, 212; his discretion in admonishing, 219; his death like a drink-offering, and cause of rejoicing to the Philippians, 222-23; frees the Philippians from suspicion of his giving comfort merely by sending Timothy, 223; does all for Christ, ib.; tidings of the Philippians would give him courage, 224; did not know all things absent by revelation, ib.; his dependence on God in everything, ib.; had not neglected them because he sent so late, 225; his soul never free from sorrow, ib.; careful to teach Philippians humility, 226; had more than one cloak, and lived the life of faith, 228; provided his proper clothing, ib.; does not give exhortation without first commending, 230; his high state as a Jew in birth and way of life, 231; died to his body while alive, 236; not confident of attaining to the resurrection that leads to Christ, ib.; his life one of contest to the end, 237; taught by deeds as well as words, 240; an example of the constancy of virtue under all circumstances, 241; his care to recommend laborious persons, and the benefit of this, 244; is refreshed at the advancement of his disciples, 249; probable reason of his receiving at one time, and not at another, 250; partly excuses the negligence of the Philippians, ib.; how he put down proud thoughts from well-doing and yet did not check it, ib.; his way of encouraging liberality and keeping independence, 251-52; his grief for sinners remarkable, 255; those of his epistles most holy which were written while he was in bonds, 257; had not seen Colossians when he wrote to them, ib.; his presence everywhere a great thing, 258; everywhere couples conduct with faith, 264; first praises, then blames, 265; his striving for his disciples, 281; in all his epistles he tries to show that Christians are partakers with Christ, 290; his lowliness of mind, 306; his work prospered much more when he in bonds than out of them, ib.; reasons for his not putting everything into his epistles, 309; his behavior to Agrippa, an instance of Christian wisdom, 309; treated worse than the prophets were 310; the considerate way in which he spoke of persons, ib.; his warnings how to deal with persons he calls "without," 310-11; his wisdom instanced in his discourse to the Athenians, 311; and in treatment of Elymas, ib.; his reminding the Colossians of his bonds a great support to them in trials, 314-15; meaning of his wish to be accursed from Christ, 317; his humility in placing others with himself, 323; his thanksgivings and prayers for others, 324; asked prayers of others, 326; persecuted at Berœa, 328; at Philippi, 329; no flatterer, 329, 333; sought not honor, 329-30; like a nurse, 330; ready to endure hell, 331; worked with his own hands, 332, 394; like a father, 333; spoke to each singly, ib.; asked only that men would gain the kingdom, ib.; felt separation like an orphan, 334; satisfied his love through others, ib.; his vehement love, 334, 341, 372; hindered by Satan, 334; by the Spirit, ib.; not all things revealed to, 339; his thorn in the flesh, ib.; stayed in spite of danger, 340; his labor, ib.; his joy at good report, ib.; his sufferings, ib.; firm, yet moved by love, 342; exhorts by Christ, 344; had no false delicacy, 346; Christ spoke in, 355; heard expressly from God about Judgment, ib.; checks curiosity, 360; improved his gifts, 370; had great confidence before God, 371; sends kiss of charity, 372; subscribed with his own hand, 377-78; begins with prayer for grace, 380; humility of, ib.; gloried in the Thessalonians, 381; would have borne hell for God's will, 383; wisely hinted the fall of the Roman Empire, 388; prayer of, for Thessalonians, 390; he asks theirs, 390-92; indicates his dangers, 390-91; had right to be maintained, 394; humility of, in speaking of his own doings, 396.
Peace, we are at peace with God, through virtue, 247; must be maintained with God and our neighbor, 248; restored between men and angels, 273; the frequent mention of it in the church, ib.; not the Bishop's, but Christ's, by means of him, 274; is an umpire in the heart between anger and charity, 296; human peace cometh of revenging, ib.; prayer for, 395.
Peter, St., had common convenience of clothing, 228; freed by prayers of others, 326, 391; refuses honor for miracles, 339; chief of Apostles, 360; not told time of consummation, 360; improve grace given, 370.
Philippi, persecution at, 329; named from its founder, a colony, 181; the seller of purple converted there, ib.; keeper of the prison believed there, ib.; St. Paul and Silas scourged there, ib.; St. Paul's preaching had a remarkable commencement here, ib.; had shown great readiness for the Faith, 182.
Philippians, of a city in Macedonia, 182; sent Epaphroditus to St. Paul in prison, ib.; patterns of charity, ib.; partook of St. Paul's sufferings, 200; their virtue made St. Paul illustrious, 222; had attained to a life of love, concord, and peace, 240; had at some time been negligent in well-doing, 249; the first to think of giving to St. Paul, 251; their gifts would turn to their salvation, 252; they were poor men, handicraftsmen, ib.; Epistle to, written while St. Paul was in bonds, 257; Timothy sent to, 334.
Poor, to feast them is to make God our debtor, 260; called to Christ, 292, 294; it is no good to feed them and live voluptuously one's self, ib.; sometimes oppress the poorer, 370; exemplary in thankfulness, 373; sit at Church doors, ib.; are dogs of God's palace, 374; communicate with the great, ib.; descendants of, may he great, 374; pride cured by sight of, ib.; best guests to entertain, ib.; Christ comes in, ib.; contempt of, comes of pride, 378; dishonor to, provokes God, 395.
Poverty, a happiness, 191; false reasons for fearing it, 193; good or bad, according to the disposition, ib.; is good or bad, according to a man's will, 233; the procurer of heaven, ib.; distresses most men, 349; furnace of, 373; comforted in house of mourning, 384.
Prayer, assists the dead, 197; a consolation at all times, 246; should be joined with thanksgiving, ib.; not acknowledged without thanksgiving, 247; frequent, makes persons listless, therefore they must join watching with it and thanksgiving, 305; a Saint's prayer, ib.; remembering others in, 324; of others useful, if we do our part, 326; made for all men, ib.; expressed from love, 341; due to pastors, 372; houses of, 373; of arrogant, not heard, ib.; of St. Paul for Thessalonians, 390; he asks theirs, ib.; St. Chrysostom asks earnestly, and more on his own account, ib.; united, powerful, 391; for people bold in St. Chrysostom, ib.; yet he makes it in private as well as in public, ib.; seals precepts, 395; for peace, ib.; in salutation, ib.
Pride, to be corrected by thanking God for our wisdom, 204; makes men even unlike the devil, 205; haughtiness not courage, ib.; cause of Satan's fall, 216; is worse than folly, 217; the evils that come from it in a man's temper, ib.; natural good qualities and blessings should not make men proud, ib.; makes a man lower than irrational creatures, 218; shown in thinking fine houses superfluities, etc., a gain, 232; attendant on the feasts of the heathen, 262; cure of, in seeing the poor, 374; exclaimed against, ib.; comes of not knowing God, 378; beginning of sin, ib.; of Pharisee, spoiled good works, ib.; a constant misery, 379; a sign of wanting reason, ib.; of rich at Church, 387.
Priest, should be obeyed with good-will, 366; hated for reproving, ib.; authority of, sanctioned by Christ, ib.; gives up the world for his office, ib.; imparts the Holy Mysteries, 367; communicates first but equally with people, 392.
Prize, the, the Christian runs for in heaven, 239; it is far more precious than gold or jewels, ib.; those who could gain it must follow example of runners in a race, ib.; Christ gives it in heaven, ib.
Punishment, example of, necessary to lead bad-principled to virtue, 220; all sin incurs, 344; comes of evil will, 347; temporal, for those who knew not eternal, 358; instances of, 358-59; from God not to be questioned, 358; present unequal, 359; for not obeying the Gospel, 382, 384; of others not to be rejoiced in, 382; the heavier for delay, 384; future, proved eternal, ib.; of disorderly by withdrawing from them, 394, 396.
Resurrection, the, a motive to good living, 212; no tidings of, in Job's time, 222; that of Christ, known only by faith, not reason, 236; one which leads to honor, one to punishment, 236; the glorious one to be attained by going through the like sufferings with Christ, 237; doctrine of, believed by only a few of those who live in sin, 269; men rewarded in it according to desert, ib.; prefigured in Enoch, Elias, Jonah, Noah, fiery furnace, generation of plants, and of man, 283; of Christ an encouragement, 328, 363; future, a comfort in troubles, 349; belief in, stays sorrow for deaths, ib.; sorrow in spite of believing, 352; first Resurrection ib.; objections to, 353-54; of garments supposed by some, 353; in a moment, 356; comes unawares, ib.; some said already past, and why, 377; lively picture of, 382; time of, not known, 386.
Rich, not refused by Christ, 374; but warned of their danger, ib.; man, despised Lazarus, ib.; asked his help in vain afterwards, ib.; men, advised to entertain the poor, ib.; fall anyhow in war, 374; goods of, often confiscated, ib.; man would have escaped hell had he feared it, ib.; make a show in church, 387; think they do a favor in coming to church, ib.
Riches, cause of unnumbered evils, 183; bring trouble, 191; make unable to receive pleasure, 192; their value shown in instance of Dives and Lazarus, ib.; how to be rich indeed, 193; should be joined with great mercy, 201; no cause for being proud, 217; may deprive men of future consolation, 228; the conditions of, are loss accompanied with inexpressible trouble, and without gain, 231-32; men must soon leave them, 232; their ill effects, ib.; are a good, if used as a means to gain heaven, ib.; love of, shows unreadiness for trial, 335; love of, increased by gazing, 338; of ancients, in things necessary, ib.; a disgraceful memorial, 369; ill-gotten, to be restored with addition, ib.; desire of, comes of pride, 378; vanity of, proved by death, 384; of God are the faithful, 385; must be despised if we are to despise self, 393.
Righteousness, not according to Christ is a simply moral life, 189; the kind which comes from man's own diligence is not to be compared with that which is God's gift through faith, 235; reward according to, 381.
Saints, they that wait on them sharers of their crown, 185; to wait on them makes up for inability to fast, ib.; how they live not this present life, 195; to be received with honor, 225; service to them no favor, but a debt, 226; it is a free service, and brings a reward on the giver, 227; united by afflictions, 253; pray with thanksgiving for every person and thing, 305; those that attend on them share their troubles, 312; and sharers of their sufferings share their crowns, ib.; the way to share with them, ib.; prayers of, useful, 326, 393; not to the careless, ib.; to be sought, 327; spread a perfume of virtue, ib.; all things not revealed to, 339; remembrance of, warms us, 343; God glorified in, 385; shall come with Christ, 386.
Satan, allowed to ravage upon unfruitful souls, 210; likened to different wild creatures according to his disposition, ib.; great or small in power as men choose, ib.; cannot enter man's soul except God permit him, ib.; fell by pride, 216; received his death-stroke from a dead body, 286; did what he could to make Christ's death private, ib.; the deviser of charms, 298-99; hinders human purposes, 334; an enemy ever urgent, 336; his robbing Job, 337; his means of divination, ib.; robbers his servants, ib.; his crafty assaults, ib.; attacks men through others' trials, 339-40; suggester of questioning God's justice, 358; ever lying in wait, 364; foretold things future, 371; but falsely, ib.; would cut off hope of Resurrection, 377; suborned false teachers, ib.; fills children with false notions, 378; Antichrist like him in pride, ib.; by which he fell, ib.; specially attacks rulers, 391.
Scripture, without reason not enough to persuade the contentious, 212; shows admiration for jewels out of regard for man's weakness, 234; should be read not lightly, but with earnestness, 301; makes suffering less burdensome, ib.; better than men-teachers, 300; not to know it the cause of all defects in practice, 301; hearkening to, keeps up good thoughts, 382; chief things plain in, 388; read in known language to the people, ib.; people challenged to give account of, ib.
Sin, more object of dread, if we lament for it in others, 196; many things lead to our avoiding it, 201; why called "upon earth," 294; those who walk in, are not in God, 324; frustrates prayer for us, 326; all, defiles, 342; to shun, no praise, 344; punished temporally to teach men, 358; instances of, punished, 358-59; different characters of, 359; leads to certain death, 367; pride the beginning of, 378; to be cut off by talking of hell, 384.
Son, why it is said of man, but never of Angel, 270; The, the image of God, 270; not a creature because called Firstborn, ib.; "before all things," ib.; first in the Church, ib.; types of His eternal generation, 283; same words applied to as to the Father, 324; given for us, 363; generation of, above reasoning, 354; of God, he who knows, is not proud, 378; named before the Father, 390.
Soul, Christian, noble in life or death, 194; brought into tune by hard sayings, 212; the truly wise is disturbed by nothing, 241; the diseased is ever changing, 242; is delighted with sweet savors, 252; that of servants, free in its service, 305; to give, hard, 330; defiled by all sin, 342; chief object in education, 346; notion of its transmigration, 353; thought to be consumed by fire, ib.; a vicious, dead and dry, 363; fear of hell should be seated on, 383-84; shaken, can make no effort, 390.
Spirit, the Holy, comes through mercy, 201; man nothing but by Him, 258; gives joy in suffering, 325; lamp of, not to be quenched, 370; flame of, what strengthens, 371; gifts of, Satan would abuse, ib.; fire of, cures thorny land, 387; clergy fathers in, 392; unclean, false prophets spoke by, 386.
Sufferings, for Christ, are of grace, 200; their dignity, 236; make men comformable to Christ's death, ib.; are lightened by thinking of harder ones, 299; and by thanksgiving, 300; knowledge of Scripture lightens them, ib.
Teacher, spiritual, surpasses a natural father in kindness, 203; leads on his disciple by deeds, not words only, 240; must use discretion in teaching hard things, 311; should be ready for hardship, 332; claims of, to support, 332, 394; troubles of, try disciples, 335; good, cares for his disciples, 340; obliged to incur enmities, 366; obedience to, enjoined, ib.; not every one made, ib.; patience good in, 367; head of a family should be at home, 397; so relieving the teacher of the Church, ib.
Tears, excessive, spring from passion, not true affection, 197; St. Paul's better than the fountain in Paradise, 316; such tears Christ pronounces blessed, ib.; those for others' sins are better than the sight of Christ, ib.; should be used when we entreat a sinning brother, 317; overcame St. Paul, 342.
Thanksgiving, a duty in grievous as well as pleasant things, 247; may be given even in anguish, 265; the good effects of it in evil, 298; lightens suffering, 300; for every person and thing should be joined with prayer, 305; in all things, true philosophy, 367; of many, when prayer of many is answered, 391.
Thessalonians, new converts, 323; praise of, implied in thanksgiving, 324; their sufferings, ib.; and joy in them, 328; called elect, 325; an example, 325, 327praised everywhere, 328; were poor, 332; proved sincere by trials, 396; joined with others in St. Paul's crown, 334; honored by his sending Timothy, ib.; praised for love of brethren, 348; had lost their goods, 349; many of the, prophesied, 371; occasion of the second Epistle to, 377; perplexed about the last times, 378; heard of in distant places, 381; St. Paul gloried in, ib.; check to proud thoughts in, 385; so commended as to learn trust in God, 393; admonished about idleness, 394.
Timothy, St., with St. Paul, when he wrote Epistle to Philippians, 181; shown to be a Bishop, 184; sent to the Philippians, 223; the only one like-minded with St. Paul, 224; Epistle to, written later than that to the Philippians, 238; Epistle to, written while St. Paul was in bonds, 257; probably later than that to Colossians, ib.; why named after Silvanus, 323; why sent by St. Paul, 334-35; hard to be spared, 340; brought good news, ib.; bid keep himself pure, 344.
Vainglory, the evils that come of it, 203; cause of men's thinking, dress, ornaments, and fine houses, a gain, 232; leads men to use God's gifts for enjoyment merely, 234; turns from love of God, 393.
Vice, practice of, increases it, 220; at enmity with man's nature, 247; purged out by thought of hell, 359-60; a drunkenness, 362; life of, a dream, 363; a death, ib.; a darkness, ib.; seizes us when we think not, 364.
Virtue, advancement in it the only thing to be sought, 199; entirely a gift from God, 200; many natural affections lead to it, 201; belongs to man alone of all creatures and makes him superior to them, 218; practice of, will make a man an angel, ib.; practice of, increases it, 220; in the midst of affliction, shines like stars in the night, 222; path of, easier to poor than rich, 233; perfection of, attained by constant striving, 239; shines forth under all circumstances, 241; makes men at peace with God, 247; is friendly to man's nature, 248; required in knowing how to abound, as well as to be in want, 250; planted everywhere in the later times by God's grace, 279; called wisdom, 300; rewarded by God, as if His gain, 332; true, that in God's sight, 342; two-fold, in shunning evil and doing good, 344; promoted by uncertainty of life, 361; consistent with a married life, 396.
Wealth, not a cause of honor, but of dishonor, 290; its bad effects seen in a luxurious king, 291-92; its evils arise from the greediness of the desires, 292; makes men mad and turns them into demons, 292; a mischievous thorn, 386-87; often lost for want of a wife, 397.
Wife, what her duty is to her husband, 304; wife and husband make but one man, 318-19; how she should please her husband, 346; often ill-treated, 350; to be taught to fear hell, 384; will learn meekness of her husband, 397; and contempt of money, ib.; directed to learn of her husband, ib.
Will, good, increased. by doing good, 220; free, not taken away by God's working with man, ib.; it makes riches or poverty a gain to man, 233; of God must cast out every other will, 314; the chief thing for amendment, 347; can turn a wrong into a benefit, 367; ours must concur to our salvation, 393-395.
Women, who labored with St. Paul, recommended to care, 244; some warned to amend, or not to come into the Church, 293; adorn their hair with trinkets of gold, 307; excessive mourning of, 349; one taken, another left, 356; eating their own children, 358.
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