Amoris Laetitia is without question a watershed in the life of the Church. But to read Pope Francis’s every decision in its exclusive light would be a mistake, and is ironically blind to Francis’s broad and substantial capacity for spiritual discernment in his own right.
Friendship is a lame virtue. It consists in unconvincing, uninspiring, dull interactions.
In Introduction to Christianity, Ratzinger reminds us of Paul’s teaching: “Faith comes from what is heard.”
The light of Christ, the Unconquered Sun, manifests divine truth in a way that is both personal and magnificent. And that sheds light on the nature of our human desire for meaning.
Cultivating a more human method for securing and assenting to truth is the solution to our present “epistemological crisis,” not only for Christians in need of more sure belief, but also for the work of evangelization and salvation.
“God’s wisdom, mysterious, hidden, which God predetermined before the ages for our glory, and which none of the rulers of this age knew; for if they had known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”
Understanding leads not merely to useful, true answers, but to realizations about their significance that lie somewhere outside of us.
Asking what we believe is a bigger luxury than ever before. Asking whether we can rationally believe anything at all, and why, has unrivaled urgency.
Social media is the general theory of this world, its logic in popular form, its enthusiasm, its moral sanction, its solemn complement, and its universal basis of consolation and justification.
Musk answered a question about who would be able to go to Mars. “It would be basically, ‘Are you prepared to die?’ Then, if that’s okay, you’re a candidate for going.”