Saints of the Common Life


George Fox died on this day in 1691.

The English mystic and preacher is generally credited as founding the Religious Society of Friends, although I join with those who believe that Margaret Fell is the person who held the anarchic the Children of Light or Friends of the Truth together, and so, really should always have her name mentioned, when George’s is…

Walt Whitman wrote of Fox, “George Fox stands for something too—a thought—the thought that wakes in silent hours—perhaps the deepest, most eternal thought latent in the human soul. This is the thought of God, merged in the thoughts of moral right and the immortality of identity. Great, great is this thought—aye, greater than all else.”

For me the wisdom of the Friends will await completion, at least completion of a sort until the life and teachings of Elias Hicks.

Taken together something wondrous appears…

Saints of the common life…

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