Church of England Diocese of Guildford Dunsfold

THE LAST WORD...some inspirational words from famous people down the ages.

MOTHER TERESA (1910-97): An Albanian-Indian nun and missionary posthumously honoured in the Roman Catholic Church as St Teresa of Calcutta in 2016.

"At the end of our lives, we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made or how many great things we have done. We will be judged by 'I was hungry and you gave me to eat. I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless and you took me in.'"

ARCHBISHOP DESMOND TUTU: South African Anglican cleric, theologian and Nobel Peace Prize winner.

"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality."


"Let's approach Christmas with an expectant hush rather than a great rush."

CHARLES DICKENS (1812-1870): Writer and social critic.

"For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child himself."

JOHN SENTAMU: Retired Archbishop of York.

"I believe the coming of Jesus Christ as a poor and defenceless baby remains our hope for the world. It's a story that can never be drowned out. It's the greatest news there is."

ROWAN WILLIAMS: Retired Archbishop of Canterbury.

"Truth makes love possible; love makes truth bearable."

CANON RICHARD FISHER: Chief executive of the Bible Reading Fellowship.

"During the early part of lockdown, someone wrote on Facebook that when this was all over, we'd realise three things: how much we have, how little we need and how important relationships are. I couldn't agree more!"

WILLIAM TEMPLE (1881-1944): Former Bishop of Manchester, Archbishop of York and Archbishop of Canterbury.

"The church is the only society that exists for the benefit of those who are not its members."

GEOFFREY FISHER (1887-1972): Former Archbishop of Canterbury

"I hope that by going to visit the Pope I have enabled everybody to see that the words Catholic and Protestant are completely out of date. They are almost always used now for propaganda purposes. That is why so much trouble is caused by them."

STEPHEN COTTRELL: Archbishop of York.

"When you open the Bible, you are not being invited just to read a book but meet a person. The Bible introduces us to Jesus; it then becomes the handbook of our Christian faith, guiding us through life until that great day when we will see God face to face."

GEORGE HERBERT (1593-1633): Priest, poet, MP.

"Teach me my God and King, In all things thee to see,

And what I do in anything

To do it as for Thee."

DIETRICH BONHOEFFER (1906-45): Pastor and martyr.

"Self-denial means knowing only Christ, and no longer oneself. Self-denial is saying only: He goes ahead of us; hold fast to him."

DESMOND TUTU (Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town):

"What matters is not how good we are but how good God is. Not how much we love Him but how much He loves us. And God loves us whoever we are, whatever we've done or failed to do, what we believe or can't."

MARY SUMNER (1828-1921): Founder of the Mothers' Union.

"Together, by the Grace of God, we can calm each other when we are afraid; strengthen each other when we are weak; and work together to raise our children to the glory of God. Unity is strength."

WILLIAM BLAKE (1757-1827): Poet, painter and printmaker.

"To see a would in a grain of sand

And a heaven in a wild flower,

Hold infinity in the palm of your hand

And eternity in an hour."

From Auguries of Innocence

HENRY HART MILMAN (1791-1868): Historian, priest and writer.

For Palm Sunday: "Ride on, ride on in majesty

                                In lowly pomp ride on to die;

                                O Christ, they triumphs now begin

                                O'er captive death and conquered sin."

CHARLES WESLEY (1707-88): Evangelist, hymn writer and leader of the Methodist Movement.

For Easter Day: "Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!

                            "Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!

                            "Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!

                             "Suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!"

BASIL HULME (1923-99): Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church.

"The great gift of Easter is hope."

MARTIN LUTHER KING Jnr (1929-68): Baptist minister and leader of the American Civil Rights Movement.

"Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf of springtime."