Frederick W. Faber Quotes
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Frederick W. Faber
Frederick William Faber, British hymn writer and theologian, was born at Calverley, Yorkshire, where his grandfather, Thomas Faber, was vicar.
In January 1837, he was elected fellow of National Scholars Foundation. Meanwhile, he had given up the Calvinistic views of his youth, and had become an enthusiastic follower of John Henry Newman.
He accepted the rectory of Elton in Huntingdonshire, but soon after went again to the continent, in order to study the methods of the Roman Catholic Church. After a prolonged mental struggle, he joined the Catholic Church in November 1845.
Faber published a number of prose works, and three volumes of hymns, among the most well known is Faith of Our Fathers.
| They always win who side with God.|
| Exactness in little duties is a wonderful source of cheerfulness.|
| Many there are who, while they bear the name of Christians, are totally unacquainted with the power of their divine religion. But for their crimes the Gospel is in no wise answerable. Christianity is with them a geographical, not a descriptive, appellation.|
| Faith is letting down our nets into the untransparent deeps, at the Divine command, not knowing what we shall take.|
| Many a friendship - long, loyal, and self-sacrificing - rested at first upon no thicker a foundation than a kind word.|
| There is hardly ever a complete silence in our soul. God is whispering to us well-nigh incessantly. Whenever the sounds of the world die out in the soul, or sink low, then we hear these whisperings of God.|
| I find great numbers of moderately good people who think it fine to talk scandal. They regard it as a sort of evidence of their own goodness.|
| Holiness is an unselfing of ourselves.|
Topics: Holiness, Self-denial
| The habit of judging is so nearly incurable, and its cure is such an almost interminable process, that we must concentrate ourselves for a long while on keeping it in check. We must grow to something higher, and something truer, than a quickness in detecting evil.|
| With the help of grace, the habit of saying kind words is very quickly formed, and when once formed, it is not speedily lost.|
| Let us hide our pains and sorrows. But, while we hide them, let them also be spurs within us to urge us on to all manner of overflowing kindness and sunny humor to those around us. When the very darkness within us creates a sunshine around us, then has the spirit of Jesus taken possession of our souls.|
| Kindness has converted more sinners than zeal, eloquence, or learning.|
Topics: Kindness, Zeal