Christianity and Middle-Earth

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

A Light in Dark Places

I would like to congratulate my Catholic brothers and sisters in Christ on the election of Cardinal Ratzinger to the papacy: he comforts me greatly. The various loonybiscuits are chewing their post-modern fingernails, of course, but that was to be expected. (Note to self: this might be a good time to buy stock in antidepressants.)

One of Catholicism's graces—and something the relativists scorn—is a deep understanding that human suffering is an inescapable and necessary interface between God and Man. Western society has rejected that truth, demanding instead that we be denied nothing that we desire and that we hold to no rule but that of self-indulgence and narcissism. (How eagerly we kneel before that Once, Present and Future god!)

We despise the parts offered us upon the stage of our Middle-Earth, angry and resentful that the Writer of the Story insists on adherence to his direction—and Heaven forbid that the Recording Angel dip his quill-pen in red ink instead of the more tolerant purple. Love means never having to make judgments, doesn’t it?

Jana Novak at NRO quotes an observation by the new pope that hits the nail of that particular inanity smack on the head:
"Anyone who really wanted to get rid of suffering would have to get rid of love before anything else, because there can be no love without suffering, because it always demands an element of self-sacrifice, because, given temperamental differences and the drama of situations, it will always bring with it renunciation and pain."
That is what makes us human instead of animal and that is what molds us more perfectly into the image of God.


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