henri encouraged him to do what the desert fathers had done,
"to keep preaching that i might be converted by my own word."
the fact that henri could not live every moment of life in the spirit of his preaching did not take away from the fundamental truth of his message. and in the end, his own humanity was part of what made his spirituality so accessible and real.
this encouraged me a lot. the validity of the truth i preach is not based on my ability to live it, but it is based on God himself backing it up.