|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Barlaam and Ioasaph by St. John of Damascus:
and purchasing for themselves the title of Confessors by labours
of obedience. And in them is fulfilled the word of the Lord,
when he saith, `Where two or three are gathered together in my
name, there am I in the midst of them.' By this number he
limiteth not the gathering together in his name, but by `two or
three' signifieth that the number is indefinite. For, whether
there be many, or few, gathered together because of his holy
name, serving him with fervent zeal, there we believe him to be
present in the midst of his servants.
"By these ensamples and such like assemblies men of earth and
clay imitate the life of heavenly beings, in fastings and prayers
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Blix by Frank Norris:
The captain and K. D. B. were absorbed in each other. She had
even taken his arm.
"They make a fine-looking couple, really," said Blix. "Where do
you suppose they are going? To another restaurant?"
But this was not the case. Blix and Condy followed them as far as
Washington Square, where the Geodetic Survey stone stands, and the
enormous flagstaff; and there in front of a commonplace little
house, two doors above the Russian church with its minarets like
inverted balloons K. D. B. and the captain halted. For a few
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from McTeague by Frank Norris:
retiring from business, without assigning any reason. But
evidently every one knew the real cause. The humiliation
was complete now. Old Miss Baker confirmed their suspicions
on this point the next day. The little retired dressmaker
came down and wept with Trina over her misfortune, and did
what she could to encourage her. But she too knew that
McTeague had been forbidden by the authorities from
practising. Marcus had evidently left them no loophole of
"It's just like cutting off your husband's hands, my dear,"
said Miss Baker. "And you two were so happy. When I first