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The Adolphin Move

“Walk as children of the light”
(Ephesians 5:8)

Parents, leaders, and educators, we have a mission, a duty to lead children's souls toward the Light which will be their guide and their happiness. In order to illuminate the way that lies before each one of us, once a week we invite you to discover some of the words of certain wisemen and witnesses, measuring their worth by the words of St. Thomas Aquinas: “Do not consider the one who speaks, but whatever good you hear from him, confide it to your memory.” (from The Sixteen Ways to Acquire the Treasure of Knowledge by St. Thomas). Happy reading!

“God laughs at men who complain about the consequences that follow the causes they cherish.”

Jacques-Bénigne BOSSUET (1627-1704) or the “Eagle of Meaux”
Bishop, Preacher, and Writer

“Well! My friends, what you are doing to God today is the Adolphin’s move. He hardly ever sees you, and suddenly you all arrive, hands joined, looking all pious and transfixed by faith and repentance! Come on, come on, you gang of Adolphins! You mustn’t imagine that the Good Lord is more naive than my poor father, and that He doesn’t see through you right to the bottom of your little mischief! The Good Lord knows very well that there are quite a few here who have not come with sincere repentance, or to pray for the repose of their departed or to take one step in the way of their eternal salvation!… He knows perfectly well that you are here because your spring has dried up! There are those who are worried about their garden, others about the fields, others about their pigs, and still others because they don’t know what to put in their pastis! These prayers that you have the pretension to make, are prayers about beans, meditations on tomatoes, Alleluias for turnips, Hosannas for gourds! And all those prayers are adolphine prayers! They can’t go up to heaven because they haven’t wings any more than a stuffed turkey!”

Marcel PAGNOL (1895-1974)
Writer, Playwright, and Filmographer

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