visible hand, which makes itself felt by the most insensiblehearts ; of that internal word, which makes itself heard by themost deaf; and of that supreme will, which makes itself obeyedby the most rebellious. There are two sorts of grace: theone, which does not work a conversion, but which preparesthe heart for it, by working faith, desires, trust, prayer ; andwhich causes the leper to say, "Lord, if thou wilt, thou canstmake me clean!" — the other, which does really work the con-version itself, by surmounting all the resistance of the sinner,and inspiring him with a good, strong, full, and perfect will,which entirely heals concupiscence, the very thing in whicha bad will does consist. Say to me this word of salvation,"Be thou clean," sovereign Physician, who dependest noton time for the cure of the maladies of my heart ! We oughtto be so far from despising the greatest sinners, that it is ourduty to apply to them, but still as Christ did, not permittingCHAPTER VIII. 107ourselves to be infected by them. Let us admire the efficacyof prayer ; and let us put more trust and confidence in it forthe future.4. And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way,shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, fora testimony unto them.Observe here the conduct of a good director (of the con-science:) (1.) Not to suffer the good which God is pleased todo by his ministry to be divulged, but to shun the reputationof good works. (2.) To be unconcerned for his own interest,and zealous for that of God. (3.) To prevent all occasion of scandal and jealousy. Priests ought not to treat sinners ascured of the leprosy of sin, until they are assured of it bysufficient proofs ; as the priests of the law could not acceptthe offering of a leper, nor allow him to partake of the sacri-fice, until they had received convincing tokens of his cleanness.SECT. II. — THE CENTURION.5. ^[ And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came untohim a centurion, beseeching him, 6. And saying, Lord, my servant liethat home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.God very often grants more than is desired. The elo-quence of prayer consists in representing our wants to Godin a plain manner. The centurion is the pattern of a trueChristian master's charity toward his servants, who retainsthose who are the most incapable of doing him any more ser-vice, and is to them instead of a father. The inability to dogood without the grace of Christ, is the palsy of the soul.Whence comes it to pass, that men are not near so much con-cerned at this spiritual palsy, as at that of the body, and thatthey complain of it so little? Is it not because their faith issmall, and the business of salvation so little at their heart ?