Father Fénelon

“We must try to reason little and to do much. If we do not take care, our whole life may be passed in reasoning, and we shall require a second life to practice! We run the risk of believing that we have advanced in proportion to our understanding of perfection. All these fine ideas, far from advancing us in dying to ourselves, may only serve to secretly nourish the life of the old Adam within us by giving us confidence in our own opinions.”

                  –      Talking with God by François Fénelon

The student body at my nerdy universty wore sarcastic t-shirts epitomizing the campus mindset: “That’s all fine and well in practice, but how does it work in theory?”  We could’ve used a little dose of Fénelon.


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