The Sarabite: Towards an Aesthetic Christianity

There is a continuous attraction, beginning with God, going to the world, and ending at last with God, an attraction which returns to the same place where it began as though in a kind of circle. -Marsilio Ficino

Saturday, January 14, 2006

A potent quote


From Father Anthony Chadwick's blog, Civitas Dei :

http://perso.wanadoo.fr/civitas.dei/tradition-freedom.htm

I was able to recognise the traditionalist / conservative mind for what it really was. It was the mind of someone who would appropriate the Catholic religion and treat it as if he were its owner. Such a mind will accept others only on his own terms. This is the law of the strongest and noisiest, truly unredeemed man exposed at his worst. The bully wins each time because he is the nastiest and the most domineering, because he knows how to manipulate to protect his "property". We are confronted with a contradiction between the life-giving words of the Gospel and the mockery of those persons and institutions who would make Christianity into a new slavery, a dependency of the weak on the strong of this world. It is this contradiction that does the most to destroy idealism, a feeling of freedom, and that throws people into cynicism and rejection. As the pages of life's book turn, we go from suffering to victory with Christ, and the soul is transfigured. But, what we have lived through cannot be effaced.

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Only comment I will make: it is possible to be orthodox in belief but not a Christian, and that is the saddest thing of all.

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