It is a great shame, how one would love to preach and inspire, were it not for two dilemmas. First, it is often those who are least worthy of inspiring us who are most inclined to preach. Indeed, the activity of preaching, including irreligious preaching, is itself ignoble in its self-righteousness. Second, those people to whom one most wishes to preach tend to be the least receptive to one’s message, and the shame, the great shame is that those who listen, and who benefit most, are usually already sympathetic: either vox clamantis in desert—or in ecclesia. Or perhaps I need a preacher of my own, to overcome defeatism about preaching? —And perhaps I am preaching against preaching?

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