Sunday, November 16, 2008

Fr. Maximilian's School of Community blog

Frs. Benedict Groeschel & J.C. Maximilian by frjcmaximilian.
Fr. JC Maximilian with Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR.

From a post, Yes, it has been a while, by Fr. JC Maximilian:
...Finally, I hope to use this blog for School of Community. I am a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, one of the new ecclesial movements, and our most basic “gesture” is our weekly School of Community meeting where we share a reading and then our own experiences of encountering Christ Jesus in our everyday life. It has really helped me keep from becoming abstract, and being more connected with reality of every day life. The School of Community becomes your friends and your mutual witnesses to the Goodness of God, as we together continue to journey with Jesus. I started a School of Community at my previous assignment, but that is over an hour away from where I am now. It would be too soon to start one here (first people need to get to know and trust me. Then they might say, “Father, can we learn more about CL?”). A few people have asked me about CL here, so we might be able to start a School of Community in the near future here, but in the mean time I still want to make the time for prayerful reflection on the works of the Movement. So I thought I might just read a bit of the current book the Movement is reading, and share my reflections (brief summary of the reading) and experiences as related to the reading on this blog. If others want to start a conversation about it GREAT, that’s what the comments are for. We will see how it all works out.

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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."