Wednesday, May 27, 2015

"Preachers ply their trade with buffoonery..."

"Christ did not say to His first congregation:
'Go preach idle nonsense to the world,'
but gave to them a sound foundation.

"And that alone resounded from their lips,
so that, in their warfare to ignite the faith,
they used the Gospel as their shield and lance.

"Now preachers ply their trade with buffoonery and jokes,
their cowls inflating if they get a laugh,
and the people ask for nothing more."

[Dante, Paradiso XXIX:109-117]

Quoted in, How Dante Can Save Your Life, by Rod Dreher

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