The Importance of Fidelity

Fidelity— in monastic circles more often called perseverance — is one of those unspectacular qualities without which the world would be a much unhappier place. Doing the same things day after day, putting up with difficulty and sometimes even danger, is rarely heroic in the way we usually define heroism, but I think it has a grandeur and a beauty all its own. To persevere, to go on being faithful, is to assert that ultimately our lives have meaning; that what we do or don’t do matters; that we are moral beings. Sometimes, when we feel knee-high to a grasshopper, it is good to remember that.

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