After this Christmas-tide, I found myself in closer relationship to my parishioners. No doubt I was always in danger of giving un known offence to those who were ready to fancy that I neglected them, and did not dis tribute my favours equally. But as I never took offence, the offence I gave was easily got rid of. A clergyman, of all men, should be slow to take offence, for if he does, he will never be free or strong to reprove sin. And it must sometimes be his duty to speak severely to those, especially the good, who are turning their faces the wrong way. It is of little use to reprove the sinner, but it is worth while sometimes to reprove those who have a.