Studying and Learning: To What End?

“We have to study in such a way that love corresponds to knowledge.” St. Vincent de Paul (CCD 11:116)

What do you understand to be the ultimate end goal of your lifelong learning, growth, and improvement? What are your underlying motivations as you pursue further knowledge, expertise, and success? By connecting love to the pursuit of knowledge, Vincent’s words invite us to consider how our efforts to learn and improve can serve a greater purpose beyond our own personal advancement. How might a desire to love others influence the way you learn or work? How might your learning and your work enrich the human communities to which you belong?


Conference 98, Repetition of Prayer, October 1643, CCD, 11:116

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