FROM OUR EXCHANGES

[Christian World, London.]

Spiritual teaching requires as its first condition a spiritual teacher. Unless we have ourselves breathed the upper airs, felt the things unspeakable, known in inmost soul the mystery of the divine life, no cleverness, no learning will qualify us for this work. It is here that all the confusion has arisen. Men without scholarship but with pure humble souls have been enriched with the hid treasure and made others wealthy in the sharing. And the multitude who have felt their power, and found others furnished with all that academies could give them, lacking in this essential, have too easily concluded that the mental was a hindrance to the spiritual. The real point is that it can never be a substitute for it, can never be a substitute for the pure heart that sees God. What the world is in need of most of all is the sweet gracious souls who, walking with God, diffuse from their very aspect and bodily presence an influence that sets men, aye, and little children, longing for goodness and for God. You meet them in the humblest ranks.

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