Quote of the Week: Marie’s Duty

by Anna Blanch on May 24, 2010


“Anyone who has received from God the gift of knowledge and eloquence 
has a duty not to remain silent.”  

This week’s quote is from Marie de France. On a different, but suprisingly related note – I’ve been listening to alot of Rich Mullins lately. I was pondering his song “Creed” this morning and reflecting on how I am challenged by its lyrics to consider how my life reflects my deepest held beliefs.

The gifts of knowledge and eloquence are indeed great. I sometimes wonder how one knows if they have a gift of knowledge. That brings me to my second question: The duty not to remain silent about what? is it a duty not to remain silent about the gifts that God has given or is it an open door to grandstand. I’d like to think that Marie De France meant the former, partly because I get frustrated with self-endorsed grandisement.

What I am clear about, if nothing else:

With every gift there comes a duty not to squander the gift and the responsibility to serve others with that gift.
 PS: I ran in the Edinburgh Hairy Haggis Marathon Relay yesterday with a bunch of St Mary’s folk. It was fun being part of a team. The weather was stunning (this is notable enough for Scotland). HT: Justin and the Aberdeen folk.

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Anna Blanch is founder of Goannatree, and a PhD student in the Institute of Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews, Scotland.

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