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A painting of a person  Description automatically generated with medium confidence  JOHANN TAULER (1300 – 1361)
Each one of us needs to pay back as best we can what we have received from God, because God gave it to us for the benefit of others.  One person knows how to spin, another knows how to make shoes; some people are good at these practical things, others are not.  All these gifts are from God, produced in us by the Holy Spirit. Believe me, if I were part of a work group, and not a priest, I should be very proud of being able to make shoes. I should try to make the very best shoes, and I should be glad to earn my keep with my own hands.

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In their many different idioms the classical spiritual writers have attempted to throw light on the eternal question of union with God. 
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