heart. And what of the whole calendar of saints? o one can fail to admire the con scientiousness of James, the geniality of Peter, the boundless faith and restless zeal of Paul, the pure flame of the love of John ; but these do not blind us to their defects. Justin, Ambrose, Monica, Augustine, Chrysostom, Francis, Bernard, Louis, Santa Teresa, Luther, Calvin, Knox, Wesley, Howard, Cairns ; each has individual charm. But no one of them stands for all a Christian should be. They are approximations, and each more or less only in one particular direction, to what the perfect whole of the Christian life should be. Yet 278 FAITH'S CERTAITIES this it is that relieves the shock, takes the sting out of what is sport for the Philistines ; the inconsistencies, the blemishes, the worse than blemishes, the stains, that may be found in many a man who enjoys God's smile. o Christian is all a Christian should be. Every Christian is only an approximation. Every Christian is only a man in the making. In some there is no more than the rude block, the material, the rough outline ; but there are possibilities visible to the penetrating eye of God, and already with this He is well pleased. Others are nearing perfection, but the patient artist hand knows where something still is needed. And so it is not in the unfinished work we must look for the ideal. We must be content to imagine the great thought in the divine mind, and remember that here we are in God's workshop, and not even in the pattern- room, but only among the rough castings.