In Context BookThirty-five of the stories from In Context appear on this web site. For the rest, look for the forthcoming book. 160 pages, full color, lavishly illustrated.

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  1. Introduction
    Introduction to the book
  2. My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my savior.
    Mary, the Mother of Jesus (flourished first century). Quoted in the Gospel of Luke.
  3. You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God!
    The Apostle Peter (died ca. 64). Quoted in the Gospel of Matthew.
  4. If I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
    The Apostle Paul (died ca. 67), in his first letter to the Corinthians.
  5. For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son.
    John the Evangelist (flourished first century), in his Gospel.
  6. I am the wheat of God and am ground by the teeth of the wild beasts, that I may be found the pure bread of Christ.
    Ignatius of Antioch (died ca. 107), in his letter to the Romans.
  7. What the soul is in the body, that are Christians in the world.
    Unknown author (second century)in the Letter to Diognetus.
  8. Fourscore and six years have I served him, and he has never done me injury.
    Polycarp of Smyrna (ca. 69–ca. 155). Quoted in a letter from the church of Smyrna.
  9. You can kill us, but you can’t hurt us.
    Justin Martyr (ca. 100–ca. 165), in his First Apology.
  10. The prison was made a palace for me.
    Vibia Perpetua (ca. 180–ca. 202), in Acts of the Martyrs.
  11. He can no longer have God for his Father, who has not the church for his mother.
    Cyprian of Carthage (died 258), from On the Unity of the Church.
  12. In Hoc Signo Vinces [In this sign conquer]
    Constantine (ca. 280–337). Quoted in the Ecclesiastical History of Eusebius.
  13. For he was made man that we might be made God.
    Athanasius (ca. 296–373), from On the Incarnation.
  14. You who dress your walls, and let your fellow-creatures go bare, what will you answer to the judge?
    Basil the Great (ca. 330–379), in a sermon.
  15. They who belong to Christ destroy the property of Christ more than enemies.
    John Chrysostom (ca. 345–407), from On the Priesthood.
  16. Our hearts are restless, until they can find rest in you.
    Augustine of Hippo (354–430), in Confessions.
  17. Always have some work on hand, that the devil may find you busy.
    Jerome Heironymus (ca. 342–420), in a letter to Rusticus.
  18. I think that ill fortune is of greater advantage to men than good fortune.
    Boethius (ca. 470–524), in The Consolation of Philosophy.
  19. Let them prefer nothing whatever to Christ.
    Benedict of Nursia (ca. 480–ca. 550 ), in his Benedictine Rule.
  20. Whosoever calls himself, or desires to be called, Universal Priest, is in his elation the precursor of antichrist.
    Gregory the Great (ca. 540–604), in his official correspondence.
  21. In him are two natural wills and two natural operations.
    Sixth Ecumenical Council (681), in its Definition of Faith.
  22. I believe in God the Father Almighty.
    Pirmin (flourished eighth century), in the Writings of Abbot Pirminius.
  23. Grant me to come at length to yourself, the fount of all wisdom.
    The Venerable Bede (ca. 672–735), in Ecclesiastical History of the English People.
  24. All glory, laud, and honor, to thee, redeemer, king.
    Theodulf of Orléans (ca. 760–821), in “All Glory, Laud, and Honor.
  25. We did not know where we were, on heaven or on earth.
    Russian Ambassadors (987), in a report to Prince Vladimir of Kiev.
  26. You exist so truly, Lord my God, that you cannot even be thought not to exist.
    Anselm (1033–1109), in Proslogion.
  27. God wills it!
    Franks at Clermont (1095). Shouted in response to Pope Urban II.
  28. The Christian glories in the death of the pagan, because Christ is glorified.
    Bernard of Clairvaux (1090–1153), from In Praise of the New Knighthood.
  29. All praise be yours, my Lord, through all that you have made.
    Francis of Assisi (1181–1226), in “Canticle of the Sun.”
  30. I can write no more. All that I have written seems like straw.
    Thomas Aquinas (ca. 1224–1274), in conversation with Brother Reginald.
  31. It is absolutely necessary for salvation that every human creature be subject to the Roman Pontiff.
    Boniface VIII (ca. 1235–1303), in Unam Sanctam.
  32. All shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.
    Julian of Norwich (ca. 1342–ca. 1416), in her Showings.
  33. To be ignorant of the Scripture is the same thing as to be ignorant of Christ.
    John Wycliffe (ca. 1324–1384), from On the Truth of the Holy Scripture.
  34. Truth conquers all things.
    Jan Hus (ca. 1369–1415), in a letter to Christian of Prachatice
  35. Of two evils the lesser is always to be chosen.
    Thomas á Kempis (ca. 1380–1471), in The Imitation of Christ.
  36. The truth might fare better at a lower temperature.
    Philipp Melanchthon (1497–1560), at the Leipzig Debate.