This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

Docility

Second of the cognitive dispositions is docility, which allows one to learn from others and to profit from their experience on the basis of an authentic love for truth.[1] It is therefore closely linked with humility, and is a mode of its expression. Christ told his apostles that “He who hears you, hears me.”[2] Without a carefully developed sense of docility, we run the risk of remaining deaf to the apostles’ exhortations, preferring instead our own opinions and prejudices.[3]

[1] ST II-II, q. 49, a. 3.

[2] Lk 10:16.

[3] CCC, 87.

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