Wisdom on Wednesdays—“the world cannot be saved by more worldliness”

“I read a great deal about the rightness of this or that form of government or political program, or of this or that social program, or of the morality of one kind of economic scheme and the evils of another.  All this sort of thing is necessary provided we understand that the world cannot be saved by more worldliness.  Neither Protestantism nor Catholicism nor socialism nor greater humanity alone will do anything because all these things are abstractions.  We want not abstraction but a concrete thing: a good man.  In a word, personal sanctity.”  (1942)

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Nursing the Baby, pen and ink on paper

 

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2 thoughts on “Wisdom on Wednesdays—“the world cannot be saved by more worldliness”

  1. Incredible- he nails it as usual. The pursuit of personal sanctity seems, alas, a rare thing. The mighty rumblings of big government and its acolytes are everywhere. But is anything new under the sun?

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