Wednesday, August 13, 2008

What is causing me wonder these days...

Photo by Angela Bonilla

"The community is literally and physically Jesus, who does these things, Jesus present" (Luigi Giussani, Is It Possible to Live This Way, page 75).

"And how does one learn to be educated in freedom, so that freedom truly becomes the force in our life and therefore the dignity of our life (man's dignity lies in freedom, because freedom is the relationship with the infinite)? By following: by following the companionship in which the Lord, who calls us, has placed us. Following, nothing is more intelligent than following (Luigi Giussani, Is It Possible to Live This Way, page 76).

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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."