Vera.—You are evidently passing through great tribulation, but you would do well to remember (as you will later on realize) that tribulation worketh patience. Take well to heart the lessons contained in your present troubles. Beware of self and enmity. Do not thirst for rewards. Think no evil thought of those who are the instruments of your suffering. So acting, you will gather great strength out of your present weakness, and will come out of all your trials patient, pure and strong. Where there are great afflictions, there are great spiritual lessons to be learned, and when they are learned, great is the after-bliss. Your sufferings are great, but they will pass away; and the dark night of sorrow in which you are now enveloped will at last be dispelled by the morning of joy.
T. L.—We cannot deal in our Journal with the subject which you suggest, it being a controversial matter of little importance; moreover, we can assume no authority over others, nor attempt to sit in judgment on the actions and consciences of our fellow-men.
F. H.—We are glad to know that you have derived such real help and inspiration from the reading of The Light of Reason, and that you have started out with the resolve to endure, to fight, and to overcome, "buoyed up by the glorious principles" which we are enunciating. We trust you will continue constantly in this spirit. Look deeply into yourself, and see to it that your faith is firmly established.
J. C. S.—Your poem, though well written, is too pessimistic for our pages.
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James Allen was a little-known philosophical writer and poet. He is best recognized for his book, As a Man Thinketh. Allen wrote about complex subjects such as faith, destiny, love, patience, and religion but had the unique ability of explaining these subjects clearly and in a way that is easy to understand. He often wrote about cause and effect, sowing and reaping, as well as overcoming sadness, sorrow, and grief. For more information on the life of James Allen, click here.