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Sunday, November 13, 2005

A Quick Thought on Criticism

To criticize, to destroy, is not difficult; any unskilled laborer knows how to drive his pick into the noble and finely-hewn stone of a cathedral.

To construct -- that is what requires the skill of a master.
I stumbled upon this little saying today, and was particularly struck by the insightful analogy after considering our mission as baptized Christians to build up the Kingdom of God (and its manifestations in various earthly institutions). Its author is a man much more holy and wise than I am, a canonized saint. Readers of Fumare are probably familiar with him; in fact, some of our readers might even benefit by giving his writings a second look.

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