“The Gift of Ears” (W.H. Auden)

The Christian Church came into being at Pentecost. The gift of the Spirit on that occasion is generally called the gift of tongues, but it might equally well be called the gift of ears

As writers, readers, human beings, we cannot speak to or understand each other unless we are first prepared to listen.  Of all the gifts which the Spirit is able to bestow, the one for which we should first and most earnestly pray is humility of ear.

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