Monday, February 14, 2011

No wonder that the world returned their love by persecuting them in every country.

Mon. 14 Feb 1774. In my way to Dorking, I gave another reading to the Life of Anna Maria Schurman—perhaps a woman of the strongest understanding that the world ever saw. And she was likewise deeply devoted to God. So was also Antoinette Bourignon, nearly her equal in sense, though not in learning, and equally devoted to God. In many things, there was a surprising resemblance between them, particularly in severity of temper, leading them to separate from all the world, whom they seemed to give up to the devil without remorse. Only with this difference. Madam Bourignon believed there were absolutely no children of God but her and her three or four associates—Anna Schurman believed there were almost none but her and her little community. No wonder that the world returned their love by persecuting them in every country.

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