Throwback Thursday: Catherine Booth-Clibborn

Catherine (Kate) Booth-Clibborn was the daughter of William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army. When she was 33, she went to France as a Salvation Army Captain. By the time she visited Knox church as a guest preacher on February 8, 1915 she had already spent a lot of time preaching in Europe as both a Captain in the Salvation Army, and then serving in different countries even after she broke ties from her father’s organization. She continued to work in France, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, and Germany before touring North America.

There was an article highlighting her visit to Knox in 1915 in The Globe, which described not only the subject on which she preached, but also her demeanor in the pulpit. Here are some excerpts from that article:

“‘If you get the heart, you get the whole man. What is the good of a man without his heart?’ she asked her audience, leaning over the pulpit and opening her wide searching, motherly eyes.”

“A man told me the other day that the world now belonged to those who show the most power, guns, and ammunition. No. The world belongs to the One who loves it most. Man is mighty, I admit it now. Man can do the possible, but God can do the impossible. I have seen men obstinate, white to the lips with passion at me, who in a brief time have been brought to tears. I did not do it. God did it.”

“[Ms. Booth-Clibbron] prefers the honest prodigal to the cold Christian.”

Wise words from over 100 years ago!


If you’re interested in hearing more thoughts from Kate Booth-Clibborn, the full text of her book can be found here:

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