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John Tauler
c. 1300 - 1361

      Johannes Tauler was a German mystic theologian, born about the year 1300 in Strasbourg, and was educated at the Dominican order convent in that city, where Meister Eckhart, who greatly influenced him, was professor of theology (1312 - 1320) in the monastery school. From Strasbourg he went to the Dominican college of Cologne, and perhaps to St James's College, Paris, ultimately returning to Strasbourg. In 1324 Strasbourg with other cities was placed under a papal interdict. Legend says that Tauler nevertheless continued to perform religious services for the people, but though there may be a germ of historical truth in this story, it is probably due to the desire of the Sixteenth century Reformers to enroll the famous preachers of the Middle Ages among their forerunners.

      From 1338 - 1339 Tauler was in Basel, then the headquarters of the "Friends of God", and was brought into intimate relations with the members of that pious mystical fellowship. Strasbourg, however, remained his headquarters. The Black Death came to that city in 1348, and it is said that, when the city was deserted by all who could leave it, Tauler remained at his post, encouraging by sermons and personal visitations his terror-stricken fellow-citizens. His correspondence with distinguished members of the Gottesfreunde, especially with Margaretha Ebner, and the fame of his preaching and other work in Strasbourg, had made him known throughout a wide circle. He died in 1361.

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SermonSecond Sermon for Epiphany
      Showeth on what wise a man shall arise from himself and from all creatures, to the end that God may find the ground of his soul prepared, and may begin and perfect his work therein. Isaiah lx. 1.-"Arise, O Jerusalem, and be enlightened." [45] IN all this world God covets and requires but one thing only, and that He desires so exceeding greatl ...read
SermonSecond Sermon for Fourth Sunday after Easter
      Of three hindrances which resist the coming of the Holy Ghost in three classes of men. John xvi. 7.-"It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you." OBSERVE, dear children, how high and in what way man must be carried up to reach the state of his highest blessedness; for this can only be th ...read
SermonSecond Sermon for the Twelfth Sunday after Trinity
      (From the Gospel for the day) This sermon tells us how a man who truly loves God, whose ears have been opened to receive the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit, is neither lifted up in joy nor cast down in sorrow. Mark vii. 37.-"He hath done all things well: He maketh both the deaf to hear and the dumb to speak." WE read in the Gospel for ...read
SermonSermon for Ascension Day
      This third sermon on the Ascension tells us how man ought continually to follow after Christ, as He has walked before us for three and thirty years, passing through manifold and great sufferings, before He returned unto His Father. Mark xvi. 19.-"So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, He was received up into heaven, and sat on the right ha ...read
SermonSermon for Ash Wednesday
      Gal. ii. 20-"I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me." THE holy Apostle Paul, whose endeavours towards a perfect life were all founded upon endurance and true resignation, shows us in himself how a righteous, spiritual man, being nailed with Christ to the cross, and whose sufferings bring forth in him ...read
SermonSermon for Christmas Day
      (From the Gospel for the day) Of the things by which we become children of God. [43] John i. 12.-"But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God." THIS day, dear children, hath God wrought a great wonder, and manifested the greatness of His love towards us, in that He hath looked down upon us, who were His ene ...read
SermonSermon for Epiphany
      (From the Gospel for the day) This Sermon on the Gospel for the day, from St. Matthew, showeth how God, of His great faithfulness hath foreseen and ordained all sufferings for the eternal good of each man, in whatever wise they befall us, and whether they be great or small. Matt. ii. 11.-"And they presented unto him gifts: gold, and frankince ...read
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      How a man ought in all His works to regard God alone, and purely to make Him his end without anything of his own, and shall freely and simply perform all these works for the glory of God only, and not seek his own, nor desire nor expect any reward. Wherewith he may do such works without any self-appropriation or reference to time and number, before ...read
SermonSermon for Septuagesima Sunday
      (From the Gospel for the day) In this Sermon following we are taught how we must perpetually press forward towards our highest good, without pause or rest; and how we must labour in the spiritual vineyard that it may bring forth good fruit. Matt. xx. 1.-"The kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in ...read
SermonSermon for St. Peter's Day
      Of brotherly rebuke and admonition, how far it is advisable and seemly or not, and especially how prelates and governors ought to demean themselves toward their subjects. 2 Tim. iv. 2.-"Reprove, rebuke, exhort, with all long-suffering and doctrine." THIS is the lesson which St. Paul gives to his beloved disciple Timothy, whom he set to rule o ...read
SermonSermon for St. Stephen's Day
      Of three grades of those who learn to die unto themselves, like corn of wheat, that they may bring forth fruit; or of those who are beginners, those who are advancing, and those who are perfect in a Divine life. John xii. 24.-"Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit." ...read
SermonSermon for the Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity
      (From the Gospel for the day) This sermon forbiddeth all carefulness, and telleth in what righteousness consisteth, and rebukes sundry religious people and their works, likening their ways to simony. Matt. vi. 33.-"Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you." IN this passage, the So ...read
SermonSermon for the First Sunday after Easter
      (From the Gospel for the day) How we are to ascend by three stages to true peace and purity of heart. John xx. 19.-"Peace be to you." PEACE be with you," said our beloved Lord to His disciples after His resurrection. All men by nature desire rest and peace, and are ever striving after it in all their manifold actions, efforts, and labours; ...read
SermonSermon for the First Sunday in Advent
      (From the Epistle for the day) How that we are called upon to arise from our sins, and to conquer our foes, looking for the glorious coming of Our Lord in our souls. Rom. xiii. 11.-"Now it is high time to awake out of sleep." THIS day we celebrate the beginning of the season of Advent, that is to say, the coming of our Lord; and now, indee ...read
SermonSermon for the Fourth Sunday after Easter
      (From the Gospel for the day) John xvi. 7-11-"It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you. And when He is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they believe not on Me; of righteousness, becaus ...read
SermonSermon for the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
      (From the Gospel for the day; and from Hosea xiv. 1, 2.) Of the great wonders which God has wrought, and still works for us Christian men; wherefore it is just and reasonable that we should turn unto Him and follow Him, and whereby we may discern between true and false conversion. Matt. viii. 23.-"Jesus went into a ship, and His disciples fol ...read
SermonSermon for the Fourth Sunday after Trinity
      (From the Gospel for the day) This sermon telleth us of four measures that shall be rendered unto man, and of two grades of a godly life, and how we ought to love our neighbour. Luke vi. 36-42. WE read in the Gospel for this day that our Lord Jesus Christ said: "Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye s ...read
SermonSermon for the Fourth Sunday in Lent
      Of the power of the Word of God, of fiery desires, and the essence of self-renunciation. John viii. 47.-"He who is of God heareth the words of God." DEAR children, ye ought not to cease from hearing or declaring the word of God because you do not alway live according to it, nor keep it in mind. For inasmuch as you love it and crave after it, ...read
SermonSermon for the Second Sunday in Advent
      (From the Gospel for the day) How that God is very near to us, and how we must seek and find the Kingdom of God within us, without respect to time and place. [41] Luke xxi. 31.-"Know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand." OUR Lord says here that the kingdom of God is nigh to us. Yea, the kingdom of God is in us; and St. Paul says, th ...read
SermonSermon for the Second Sunday in Lent
      (From the Gospel for the day) Tells us how God drives forward some of His children by the struggle between the inward and outward man. Matt. xv. 21-28.-"Jesus went thence and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto Him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of ...read

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