Tuesday, January 13, 2009

From Shadows to Reality

"As we have already remarked, the special characteristic of Christian typology is that the entry into Paradise is presented not as something kept for the last day, but as realized here and now in Christ. Rather should we say that the end of time is already present in Christ..." (page 28)

"It was in fact the general belief that the martyrs and the just enter straightway into Paradise, which Christ had opened. This did not in any way militate against the eschatological belief as has sometimes been said, for it is not a question of a departure from the world to enter a heaven outside the sphere of time, it is the actual realization of eschatology, which is the sum of the Christian message" (page 29).

from Jean Cardinal Daniélou From Shadows to Reality.

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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."