Friday, January 11, 2008

Monsignor Albacete

Another favorite priest. This is a long video (45 minutes) of a talk by Monsignor Albacete, speaking about his experience of meeting Communion and Liberation. This talk took place in Seattle, in October 2004:


Alex Vitus said...

That talk took place in 2004 Oct.

Through miscommunication, and dropped calls, and craziness of the day, we were unable to record the Nov 2007 talk, which actually was very good.

Suzanne said...

Thanks! I fixed it -- were you there? Too bad about the November 07 talk...I got the date from Google video -- it was the date given for when it was uploaded there.

Alex Vitus said...

I was there for both the talks. The 2004 was one of my first CL events, though I've read and wanted to be in involved in CL since 2002. Remind me to tell you the story.

For the 2007 talk, I was running around arranging things. At the end, it seemed that I wasn't really present at the event.

Dumbstruck by the Mystery

...our temptation is always to impose our prejudices or our measure on reality -- except when we are faced with a fact that leaves us dumbstruck, and instead of dominating the fact ourselves, we are dominated, overcome by it. If there were no moments of this kind, the Mystery could do anything, but in the end, we would reduce everything to the usual explanation. But not even a Nobel Prize winner can stop himself from being dumbstruck before an absolutely gratuitous gesture. If there were not these moments, we would find answers, explanations, and interpretations to avoid being struck by anything. It is good that some things happen that we cannot dominate, then we have to take them seriously, and this is the great question of philosophy. If the conditions for the possibility of knowledge (see Kant) impose themselves on reality or if there is something that is so powerfully disproportionate that it does not let itself be "grasped" by the conditions of possibility, then the horizon opens. If this were not the case, then we could dominate everything and be in peace, or at least without drama. Instead, not even the intelligence of a Nobel Prize winner could prevent him from coming face-to-face with a fact that made him dumbstruck -- instead of dominating, it was he who was dominated. Here begins the drama, because I am called to answer. It is the drama that unfolds between us and the Mystery, through certain facts, certain moments, in which the Mystery imposes itself with this evidence. These are facts that we cannot put in our pocket, which we cannot reduce to antecedent factors.
-- Julian Carron in "Friends, that is, Witnesses."