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Professors in our colleges do not understand it, therefore cannot teach it; students have to acquire it when actually at work, through much tribulation; preachers know every way better than the way direct to conscience and heart; Sunday-school teachers fail for want of ability to arrest and fix attention and arouse spiritual sympathy; parents make no study of the art of appeal, so that their religious influence is thin, furtive, shamefaced. Do skilled anglers use any bait that comes handiest? Do they fling the line into the water with an air that says, ‘There, bite or not as you like,’ as if the trout were certain to jump at our hook? If it will not bite, we blame the water, the time of day, the temperature, the rod, the fish, everything but the ill-adapted bait and the ignorant fisherman. We are fools and blind! Christ told the apostles they should ‘catch men alive,’ but He said, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ It takes supernatural wisdom to ‘catch’ the natural man.”