Pusey to Gladstone 22 July 1843

 ‘On the whole, however, I have / been and am of good cheer about this and of other things [he’d been anxious that a sermon on the Fathers might upset English churchmen unfamiliar with them and was relieved WEG liked it] wh concern our Church. The cowards suppose that so great a restoration as is now going on in her shd be without manifold drawbacks, & checks, & disquietudes & sufferings. No great restoration ever took place without them. But while all who are allowed any way to be concerned in it must expect their share directly or indirectly, on the whole we must be of good courage. He will not, one trusts, leave His own work unfinished, & there seem so many rudiments of good every where, yet to be developed; so much which is promising yet perhaps not fixed or hardened enough to endure a fiery trial; so many of His soldiers, (as one trusts) yet in the wrong camp, that one cannot but hope that we shall have a breathing-time yet; and altho all these beginnings of strife seem but the prelude of some fearful conflict in which the Church shall be purged by suffering, one cannot but hope that He is holding back those gigantic powers of evil, with which we are encompassed, until he shall have called together His own army, so that none shall be by mistake upon the wrong side, and faint hearts be gradually strengthened.

 

This is my comfort also among the thickening troubles, which more immediately affect you; you will have drawn your own comforts from the same consciousness of God’s Providence, Who has not been wearied by our many provocations, but is manifesting Himself this visibly among us. …’

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