04 November 2009

On only teaching what we know

Here is Willard when asked what he would do if he were entering the ministry today knowing what he knows now: "...I would want to make sure that I had first-hand knowledge of the spiritual life, and that I was learning how to live that life for myself. Then I would share with my people the things I had learned so they could put it into practice in their lives."

Compare this with a sermon given by St. Charles Borromeo, "Be sure that you first preach by the way you live. If you do not, people will notice that you say one thing, but live otherwise, and your words will bring only cynical laughter and a derisive shake of the head."