Sails and Oars

At Llyn Tegid, Wales

Two means can be used to move a small sail boat through the water: rowing, which is slow and laborious, and sailing. A soul can make progress and can advance by the exercise of the virtues; in this it is active; or by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, who breathes where He wills and when He wills. Here the soul is docile, acting less than it is acted upon… The Gifts of the Holy Spirit are in our soul what sails are on a boat.
Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange OP (1877–1964)


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