Sunday, June 27, 2010

Knox - Christian Sorrow and Joy

In my abbreviated way of return to blogging, here are quotes from a real hero of mine, Monsignor Ronald Knox. As I glanced at the WaPo headlines this morning, the following could not be more apropos:

They have substituted for the infallibility of the Church a doctrine of the infallibility of perishable human intellects ... The newspaper proprietor, while he aspires to be the tyrant of public opinion, must in many ways stoop to be its slave.

Then, too, and perhaps more related to my - and your - life:

In proportion as we are good Christians, the world will find us ... a little removed from its insensate pursuit of pleasures, a little obsessed with thoughts of death and of judgment, a little skeptical about its facile optimisms ... in proportion as we are good Christians, this seriousness of character will not reflect itself in empty brooding on the wickedness of the world, will not make us morbid, self-centered, disillusioned. Rather, we shall find that Christian sorrow and Christian joy have their roots nearer together than we fancied; that the desire for God's will to be done perfectly in us and in all creatures, which is the Christian religion, bears a double fruit of sadness and of gladness. For so it must be, until our earthly Lent is over, and we rejoice for ever in the triumph of the eternal Easter-tide.

- Ronald Knox

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