I frequently quote a line from a poem Michelangelo wrote: "My unassisted heart is barren clay..."
I thought you may enjoy more of the poem, which demonstrates the third step in the Pattern for Learning, which he evidently understood.
My unassisted heart is barren clay, That of its native self can nothing feel. Of good and pious works Thou are the seed, That quickens only where Thou sayest it may, No man can find it. Father! Thou must lead! Do Thou then breathe those thoughts into my mind, By which such virtue may in me be bred, That in Thy holy footsteps I may tred.