"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Stepping out of your paradigm...
"Step out of your paradigm"
That was the buzz word years ago in corporations - perhaps church-people and parish workers have picked it up along the way: Nevertheless, the steps are predictable and always taken within parameters. But life - faith - is not like that... No, no, no.
From Alfred Delp:
The One Who Cries in the Wilderness. Woe to an age when the voices of those who cry in the wilderness have fallen silent, outshouted by the noise of the day or outlawed or swallowed up in the intoxication of progress, or growing smothered and fainter for fear and cowardice. The devastation will soon be so terrifying and universal that the word "wilderness" will again strike our hearts and minds. I think we know that.
But still there are no crying voices to raise their plaint and accusation. Not for an hour can life dispense with these John-the-Baptist characters, these original individuals, struck by the lightning of mission and vocation. Their heart goes before them, and that is why their eye is so clear-sighted, their judgment so incorruptible. They do not cry for the sake of crying or for the sake of the voice. Or because they begrudge earth's pleasant hours, exiled as they themselves are from the small warm companionships of the foreground. Theirs is the great comfort known only to those who have paced out the inmost and furthermost boundaries of existence. - Alfred Delp on Advent
"What did you go out to the desert to see?" What did you study theology to do? What did you enter religious life for? Why were you ordained? Why were you baptized... confirmed? "What did you go out to the desert to see? A reed swayed by the wind?" - Mt. 11: 2-11