The Spring Can Only Give What It Already Has

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The soul will bring forth fruit in exactly the measure in which the inner life is developed in it. If there is no inner life, however great may be the zeal, the lofty intention, the hard work, no fruit will come forth; it is like a spring that would give out sanctity to others but cannot, having none to give; one can only give that which one has.
Blessed Charles de Foucauld  (1858–1916)

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