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We Have an Invitation to Relay to Others (1882)

Ah, Lord God! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child — Jeremiah 1:6 (KJV). Jeremiah, the great prophet, who &ldq...



Death in Strasburg of Johannes Tauler, German mystic and influential preacher.

Authority for the date: Löffler, Klemens. “John Tauler.” The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1912.


The British House of Commons passes a resolution to burn books of John Milton that had championed the Parliamentarian rebellion against Charles I and argued for the legitimacy of that king’s execution. The books will be burned on 27 August 1660.

Authority for the date: Chambers’ Book of Days (1881).


Death at Bath of Bishop Joseph Butler, whose head-on challenge of his own doubts had led him to write Analogy of Religion Natural and Revealed to the Constitution and Course of Nature (1736), a highly original and famous apologetic that answered Deism. It had quickly become a textbook for ecclesiastical students.

Authority for the date: Britannica


Death of Samuel J. Mills at sea. He had been exploring Africa to see if a mission work could be established. With Adoniram Judson and others, Mills had been a founder of American foreign missions.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.


John Henry Newman, while traveling on a ship from Italy to France, pens the words to the hymn, “Lead Kindly Light Amid the Encircling Gloom.”

Authority for the date: Price, Carl Fowler. One Hundred and One Hymn Stories. Abingdon, 1923.


Repose (Death) of Archimandrite Moses, who had entered the monastic life with the blessing of the famous St. Seraphim himself. After years of asceticism in Roslavl Forest, he had visited Optina and was persuaded to found a hermitage there.

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Death at Haverford, Pennsylvania, of Rufus M. Jones, American Quaker theologian. Through his writings and articles he had done much to advance Quaker social action. He had also helped found the American Friends Service Committee.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.


Pope John Paul II visits his native Poland, remaining there through June 23rd.

Authority for the date: World Topic Yearbook.

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