A spurious conceit informs the mantra of our age, drilled into our children at every turn, that you can do anything if you just try hard enough. The knowledge that I, from time to time, find myself teaching this foolish notion or some form of it to my own children leaves me abashed. My years of life cause me to hold few dogmas but I hold fast to this one, that this particular hubris commonly precedes sin.
Early youth and old age sustain a wisdom that the intervening years regretfully diminish, that to reach a goal one must often ask for help.
The saying goes that the hypocrite looks upon the sinner and thanks God that he is not like them. The saint looks upon the sinner and thanks God...READ MORE