July 25, 2011

Interesting...

Heather King at Shirt of Flame opines:
I think the deeply vitriolic tone of so much of contemporary Catholic "discourse" is the surest possible sign that we are NOT "on to" Christ. Because if you're on to him at all, in my experience, you're simply way too INTERESTED to bother too much about what other people are doing or believing or saying.

Of course you notice, of course you have an opinion, of course doctrine is important, but above, beyond, and first, first, first, we have to know that we are loved. Otherwise the dogma becomes nothing more than a rigid set of rules, lived out of fear, and generating judgment and condemnation of ourselves and others....

With all his genius and intellect, to me the greatest "achievement" of St. Thomas Aquinas was when Christ appeared to him in a vision and said (I'm paraphrasing), Good job, my beloved son! What would you wish in return? What would you have? And St. Thomas replied, "Nothing but Thee"...
I've often thought the greatest achievement of St. Thomas Aquinas was his humility (in part demonstrated by his acceptance of the sobriquet "The Dumb Ox") but this "Nothing but Thee" is much better, although obviously the two are linked.

2 comments:

Tom said...

As a quibble, his reply to Christ was a proof of his achievement, not his achievement itself, which was the lifelong cultivation of the virtue of nonisity, which is a word I made up that means "the virtue by which you answer Christ's request for anything you want with 'non nisi te, Domine.'"

Relatedly, the word verification for this comment is "squat."

TS said...

Good point, his reply certainly didn't happen in a vacuum!