April 06, 2010

More from Sober Intoxication

More from Fr. Cantalamessa's klieg-light of a book. Many piquant sentences like "Modesty proclaims the mystery that the body is united to a soul...and that we do not belong to ourselves and that there is something in us that goes beyond our bodies." But the money quote may well be:

 "The meaning and the purpose of human existence become clear when we present ourselves to God as a pure and holy sacrifice. For what reason, in fact, did God give us the gift of life and of existence if not so that we would have something precious to offer Him, which we could return to him as gift?"

In some ways that's a foreign idea to me since I mostly think of being on the receiving end rather than the giving.

Humility is the key to everything because faith precedes understanding and that takes humility,  to admit we don't have all the answers and can't get to some answers through human effort.  Came across another beautiful quote in the book of Wisdom. "For neither herb nor moulding plaster cured them / but it was your word, Oh Lord, that heals all people." A rather startling rebuke to the idea that "in Science (or medicine) we trust."

3 comments:

Roz said...

I, too, have recently discovered Sober Intoxication (the book, not the state of being). The chapter on humility knocked my socks off. I'm on my second copy, having given the first away.

TS said...

Good to hear. I've dog-eared so many pages that it'd be easier to have dog-eared the ones that weren't helpful!

jdmccullough said...

Despite his recent gaffe, Fr. C. is a deeply insightful writer/preacher. His Advent and Lenter sermons are available a few days later on Zenit, and are almost always worth pondering.