Friday January 21st 2011

Thought for the Day

“Do not wait;
the time will never be ‘just right.
Start where you stand,
and work with whatever tools
you may have at your command,
and better tools will be found
as you go along.”

~ George Herbert



George Herbert*George Herbert

Born: 3 April 1593 Montgomery, Wales
Died: 1 March 1633 (aged 39) Bemerton, Wiltshire, England

A Welsh born English poet, orator and Anglican priest. Being born into an artistic and wealthy family, he received a good education which led to his holding prominent positions at Cambridge University and Parliament.

He went to college with the intention of becoming a priest, but his scholarship attracted the attention of King James I/VI. Herbert served in parliament for two years. After the death of King James and at the urging of a friend, Herbert’s interest in ordained ministry was renewed. In 1630, in his late thirties he gave up his secular ambitions and took holy orders in the Church of England, spending the rest of his life as a rector of the little parish of Fugglestone St Peter with Bemerton St Andrew, near Salisbury. He was noted for unfailing care for his parishioners, bringing the sacraments to them when they were ill, and providing food and clothing for those in need.

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