Image Credit: Communio – Saint Bernard
of Clairvaux

The man who is wise, therefore, will see his life as more
like a reservoir than a canal. The canal simultaneously pours out what it
receives; the reservoir retains the water till it is filled, then discharges
the overflow without loss to itself…
Today there are many in the Church who act like canals, the
reservoirs are far too rare. So urgent is the charity of those through whom the
streams of heavenly doctrine flow to us, that they want to pour it forth before
they have been filled; they are more ready to speak than to listen, impatient
to teach what they have not grasped, and full of presumption to govern others
while they know not how to govern themselves.
Bernard of Clairvaux, Commentary
on the Song of Songs
, Sermon 18.3
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