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Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions

Anyone who works in a parish knows people like this elderly woman who first scrubbed off patches of a fresco while cleaning it and then tried to fix it by painting over it. It reminds me of a scene from the Mr. Bean movie that was made awhile ago. He does something to a painting, and as he tries to fix it he makes it worse, then worse, then worse, until he has completely destroyed it. At the time it struck me as a good example of how sometimes in life we wish that we could go back to the the problems we had before we tried to fix them. In reality, there is usually no going back. The lesson is to have the humility to realize that we are out of our depth and need help. Often, calling out to God for help is a last resort, but we should not be afraid to admit our faults quickly without trying to cover them up.

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