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(1897) [MARC] Author: Jonas Jonsson Stadling Translator: Will Reason With: Gerda Tirén, Johan Tirén
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life. I translate some of my notes, in which I jotted down a
few of their comments :—


STAROST.                P. VON BIRUKOFF.                COUNT L. TOLSTOI.                TOLSTOI’S CHIEF HELPER.
STAROST.                P. VON BIRUKOFF.                COUNT L. TOLSTOI.                TOLSTOI’S CHIEF HELPER.


“The fire in the virgins’ lamps is insight into truth. But it
is not enough to have fire; one must use, and, above all
things, have oil. What is this oil? It is the will to do good
expressing itself in action, i.e., good deeds. We can have light
and great insight, and not live up to it, like those spoken of in
another parable, who build their house on sand, that is, hear
the word without doing it afterwards. This is the most
important matter in the whole of Christianity, yet is most often
neglected by those who profess to be Christians, who occupy
themselves with a lot of doctrines and ceremonies rather than
doing the will of God. The kernel and centre of good works is
love to God and man, love showing itself in self-sacrifice for

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