If we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we also guide their whole bodies. It is the same with ships: even though they are so large and driven by fierce winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot’s inclination wishes.
– James 3:3-4
When you’re trying to describe how things work, and you want the ears of your audience attentive, their hearts longing to hear the next word with joy that you have to offer, you often run into a problem.
It is easy to think there is one solution for everyone and for all the problems in the world. As Catholics, though, this would mean denying parts of ourselves.
Next night, the Lord appeared to him and said, ‘Courage! You have borne witness for me in Jerusalem, now you must do the same in Rome.’
– Acts 23:11
Were a man to offer all the wealth of his house to buy love, contempt is all he would purchase.
– Song of Songs 8:6-7