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From the Director
When I encounter someone who is suffering, my instinctive inclination is to offer comfort and assurance. Thomas a Kempis does not handle it in that way. He offers the literary equivalent of a swift kick in the pants: "Jesus has always many who love His heavenly kingdom, but few who bear His cross. He has many who desire consolation, but few who care for trial. He finds many to share His table, but few to take part in His fasting. All desire to be happy with Him; few wish to suffer anything for Him."* "You complain about your suffering," he seems to say, "but remember Jesus’ suffering for you. Will you not suffer for him?"
The CCEL has long depended on volunteers. Most of our volunteer hours are logged proofreading and installing books, but there are a variety of other tasks available at the CCEL, such as leading discussion groups, researching book information, and writing author biographies and book summaries. Kevin Spalding has been trail blazing new territory by recording audio books. He recently emailed us this update:
By the way, the CCEL has recently added a new task to our list of volunteering opportunities. We are looking for a few volunteers to look up the Library of Congress Control Number for the books in our library. Find tasks at our Volunteer page or contact Ken Verhulst if you would be interested in helping us out with this or other volunteer tasks.
Learn more about volunteering for the CCEL
O God, Our Help in Ages Past by Isaac Watts
The Hexameron by Basil the Great (329-379)
Anselm (1033-1109), from Devotions of Saint Anselm, Meditation 1:
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July 1, 2010
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Eleven-year-old Olivia Bouler, an aspiring ornithologist and artist, wept when she heard about the oil spill along the Gulf Coast, a place where she spent many vacations with her grandparents in Louisiana and Alabama. She decided to give away bird drawings to those who donated to wildlife recovery efforts. Her efforts have gained national attention and raised more than $155,000 for organizations helping birds in the Gulf region. She says she dreams of going to Cornell to study ornithology some day. Olivia is this month’s featured artist on our All About Birds website. See Olivia’s gallery
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