"If God now permits the open communication of spirits with men, it is in order to enlighten men in regard to their duties, and to show them the road which will shorten their trials by hastening their advancement; for, as fruit arrives at maturity, so must man at length arrive at perfection. But, besides the spirits of high advancement who desire your welfare, there are imperfect spirits who try to do you harm; while the first urge you forwards, the others would fain pull you back. You must therefore give your utmost attention to the work of distinguishing between them, and this you will easily do if you bear in mind that nothing hurtful can proceed from a good spirit, and that whatever is evil can only proceed from an evil one. If you turn away from the wise counsels of the spirits who desire your good, if you take offence at the home-truths they sometimes tell you, it is evident that you have evil spirits for your counsellors. Pride alone prevents men from seeing themselves as they are; but, if they do not see this for themselves, others see it for them, and they are contemned, both by their fellow-men, who laugh at them behind their back, and by the spirits who have helped to lead them astray." "A FAMILIAR SPIRIT."
"Your doctrine is beautiful and excellent; its first landmarks are firmly set. You have but to go forward in the broad and noble road now opened before you. Blessed is ~e who shall reach the goal; and the more numerous the proselytes he shall have made on the way, the greater will be his reward. But, in order to do this, you must give to your doctrine something more than the cold assent of the intellect; you must practise it with the ardour of a hearty conviction, and this ardour will double your strength, for God is always with those who seek to bring others into the right road. Be sure that there is, in the heart of the most sceptical, the most atheistical, a little corner that he would fain hide, if possible, even from himself. That little corner is his vulnerable point; attack him there: it is a narrow breach kept purposely open by God, in order that a ray of His love may gain admission, sooner or later, into the heart that has been so long closed against Him." "SAINT BENEDICT."
"Be not alarmed by obstacles or controversies. Torment no one by persisting in the effort to enlighten him against his will; the incredulous will he persuaded by your disinterestedness, patience, and charity, more effectually than by any argument. You should especially avoid doing violence to opinion, either by your words or by any public demonstration. The greater your modesty, the sooner will you as spiritists be justly appreciated. Let no selfish motive influence your action, and seek only to possess the attractive force that comes from kindness. Spirits, by God's command, are working for the progress of all without exception; you, spiritists, must do likewise I" "SAINT LOUIS."
"What institution, human or divine, has not had obstacles to surmount, and schisms to strive against? If you had only a weak and moribund existence, your enemies would not take the trouble to attack you, for they would know that you must succumb sooner or later; but as your vitality is strong and active, as the spiritist tree is strongly rooted, and likely to live and flourish, they bring their hatchets to bear against it. What will they gain by their hatred and violence? They will, at most, succeed in lopping off a few branches, which will shoot out again, full of fresh sap, and stronger than ever." "CHANNING."
"Let me speak to you of the resolution and perseverance with which you should follow up your spiritist labours; for, just as Saint Paul was persecuted, so will you be also not physically, but morally. The unbelievers and the Pharisees of the day will blame and revile you; but fear nothing, for opposition is a trial which strengthens when patiently borne from devotion to the Highest. Your efforts will at length be crowned with success, and will have won for you great triumph in the life to come, besides the happiness you will feel in remembering that you have aided in opening up a fount of consolation for all who, upon the earth, have lost friends and relatives, and who may thus communicate with them, and know that they are happy. Go boldly forwards; accomplish the mission appointed for you, and great will be your reward when you appear before the Almighty." "CHANNING."
"It is I who have come - your savior and your
judge. I have come as I did long ago among the
wayward children of Israel. I have come to bring
truth and to disperse the darkness. Listen to me. As
my words did long ago, Spiritism must remind
materialists that the unchangeable truth reigns over
them: the good God, the Almighty God, who causes
the plants to grow and the ocean waves to rise. I have
revealed the divine Doctrine. Like a reaper, I have
gathered into bundles the good ones who were
scattered among humankind and I have said: Come
to me, all you who suffer!
"However, ungrateful humans have deserted the
straight and broad path that leads to my Father's
kingdom and they have become lost in the rut-filled
byway of impiety. My Father does not wish for the
human race to perish. He will no longer speak through prophets or apostles; he wants you, both
living and dead (that is, dead according to the flesh,
for in reality there is no death) to mutually help one
another. He wants the voice of those who no longer
exist amongst you to make itself heard as it cries out,
'Pray and believe'! for death is resurrection, and life is
a trial that you have chosen, during which the
virtues you have cultivated must grow and develop
like a cedar tree.
"Believe in the voices that respond to you - they
are the very souls of those whom you evoke. Rarely
do I myself communicate. My friends, who beheld
my life and death, are the divine interpreters of the
designs of my Father.
"Frail men and women, you who have believed
in the deception of your darkened minds, do not
quench the flame that the divine mercy has placed in
your hands to light the path and lead you like
wayward children to the shelter of your Father.
"Truly, I say to you, believe in the diversity and
multiplicity of the spirits who surround you. I am too
full of compassion for your sufferings and great
weaknesses not to extend a protective hand to your
unfortunate wayward brothers and sisters who,
while looking to heaven, have fallen into the abyss of
error. Believe, love and comprehend the truths that
are being revealed to you. Do not mix the tares with
the good wheat, or theories with truths.
"Spiritists! Love one another - that is the first
teaching; educate yourselves - that is the second. All
truths may be found in Christianity. The errors that
have taken root within it are of human origin. And
from beyond the grave - where you think there is
nothing - voices cry out: Brothers and sisters!
Nothing perishes. Jesus Christ is the victor over evil.
You yourselves, be victors over impiety."
This communication, obtained by one of the best
mediums of the Paris Spiritist Society, was signed with a
name that out of respect we could only reproduce with
extreme reservation, so great would be the honor of its
authentic signature, and because the name has already
been much abused in obviously apocryphal 'writings. It is
that of Jesus of Nazareth. We have absolutely no doubt
that he can manifest himself. However, if truly high
order spirits only do so under exceptional circumstances,
reason prevents us from believing that the Pure Spirit
par excellence would respond to any appeal. It would be
at the very least a great sacrilege to attribute an
unworthy communication to him.
These considerations have led us always to avoid
publishing anything bearing his name. We believe we
can never be too cautious when dealing with
publications of this type, which only appeal to vanity,
and whose least inconvenience is to furnish weapons to
the adversaries of Spiritism.
As we have stated, the more elevated the spirits in the
hierarchy are, the more we should distrust signatures
bearing their names. It would take a huge dose of pride
for certain individuals to flatter themselves at having
been privileged with their communications, deeming
themselves worthy of conversing with them as if they
•were one of their equals. In the above communication,
our only proof is the undeniable superiority of the
language and thought, and we will leave to each person
the care of appraising whether or not he who has signed
it -would reject it or not.