On the stale air of our societies

"We are told that the air is unbreathable world. I agree with that. But the early Christians were on their door each morning an atmosphere saturated with vices, of idols, and offered incense to the gods. They were more than two hundred years relegated, slandered and marginalized by the current Social river that swept away and rejected them all together. Do we remember that the grace of baptism kept them away from urban life almost in its entirety ? They renounced to participate in large civil services, as the inauguration of a magistrate, or the triumph of a victorious general, because none of these ceremonies could not start without an incense sacrifice to the emperor, divine personage. The grace of their Baptism kept them away from the thermal baths, Instead of strong popular morning meeting of the Romans, because of the nudity and indecency attitudes. They also gave up the shows of the circus because scenes of cruelty which were the main material. But these early Christians formed a company, and this society by the force of the spirit blew the shell of ancient paganism. Their earthly hope merely to desire not to die before seeing Christ coming in clouds, and they were the founders of Christian Europe. »

Dom Gérard, in Tomorrow Christendom

Discours de Donoso Cortés (1850)

"Regular armies are today the only thing that prevents civilization lost in barbarism. Today before our eyes a new show in history, new in the world : when, gentlemen, the world has he seen, except today, we are going to civilization by arms and to barbarism by ideas ? well, the world is going to see when I talk. This phenomenon, gentlemen, is so serious, so strange, it requires some explanation from me. All true civilization is Christianity. This is so true that the whole civilization was concentrated in the Christian area. Outside this area there is no civilization, all is barbarism. And this is so true that before Christianity, there was no civilized people because the people of Rome and the Greek people are not civilized people. They were cultured peoples, which is very different.
"Christianity has civilized the world by doing these three things : it has civilized the world making authority inviolable thing, obedience a holy thing, abnegation and sacrifice, or better charity divine thing. In this way Christianity civilized nations. well (and here is the solution for a big problem), the ideas of inviolability of authority, of the sanctity of obedience and divinity of sacrifice, these ideas do not exist in civil society : they are in churches where we love the just and merciful God, and in camps where we love the God Box, the God of battles under the symbols of glory. And because the Church and the army are the only ones that have preserved the concepts of inviolability of authority, of holiness and obedience to divine charity, they are also the two representatives of the European civilization.
" I do not know, gentlemen, if your attention has been drawn like mine by the resemblance, the virtual identity between the two people who seem to be most distinct, most opposed, the resemblance between the priest and the soldier. Neither one nor the other live for himself, neither one nor the other living for their families. For one and the other is in the sacrifice and selflessness that is their glory. The burden of the soldier is to ensure the independence of civil society. The burden of priest is to ensure the independence of the religious society. The priest's duty is to die, to give his life as a good shepherd for his sheep. The duty of a soldier, like a good brother, is to give his priestly life, the priesthood appear to you, and he is indeed, as a true militia. If you consider the holiness of the military profession, the army will seem a real priesthood. What would the world, what would become of civilization, what would become of Europe if there were no priests or soldiers ? »

The abandonment of Benedict XVI


“Eli, Eli lama sabachtani ?” 1 When Benedict XVI means, in simple words, waives the pope function, this is an earthquake that shook the world and strikes Catholics. The most outlandish rumors and everyone wondering about the causes of this decision, even if it is not unique, causes stupor. Personally two feelings within me : abandonment and sadness, his pilot fish, if not desolation. Dropping like an echo that continues to reproduce and amplify, as a heady complaint.

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The death of privacy

diseased tree

All over, on the Internet, in newspapers or on television, personal experience appears, showing off and wants to reference. This indecency is based on an inversion of values. It relies mostly on and around the idea of ​​same. The idea of ​​even thinking : “I lived it, My experience reflects a universal feeling. I mean what I experienced. I ask myself indispensable witness”. Is to confuse the universal and the general. What is forgotten, misunderstood, this is the difference lies between every man ; and every man is singular. Not singular by his sexual orientation or his mannerisms, but intrinsically. Now there's an old concept to the new turn of the century. By experience, its culture and its nature, each man shows a facet of Man, and every facet is extraordinary. Create the image of God. But we can not, otherwise looking men and considering them all singular, to embrace God. Forget that God brings the same. Each said that his contine, although it can tell the tragic existence of a, contine is only because it does not even begin to tell the tragedy of Man.

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A little story of Envy, hero to scapegoat

4The modern world continues to present us scapegoats. lance Armstrong, Richard Millet, Jerome Kerviel, John Galliano, to name a few, each in a field, with causes and completely different reasons, recently played the scapegoat, abettor justly punished, the troublemaker round resumed his place. The scapegoat is related to egalitarianism, itself linked to the desire. From hero to scapegoat, only envy does not change. The modern world has the show in the blood, the scapegoat is a cathartic function.

In the era of modern democracy, everything goes through Twitter or Facebook. The real information is there. Not being there is equivalent to disappear, maintain a life in the shadows, a shadow life. On social networks, it is allowed the height of modern democracy : rub the idol, live with idol, the rhythm of the idol, knowing everything about her, seeing in the raised bed, embracing her as a good evening ; lacks the tactile contact. This proximity transforms the role of the idol has always been known, she forever change. If the idol was a simple statuette, she would not speak, would not answer, it would occupy the place that leaves him, she would gather about her image all the mental images that the brain can produce. The modern world does not know the mental image, it is beyond the fantasy. He hates what is hidden, not to mention what is secret. Hence the phrase often used : the fantasy come true. The fantasy - phantasms, the mental image for the ancient Greek - can not be, can not be, a reality. Otherwise the horror lurks. Otherwise we can only pray until everything back into place. There is a potential savagery to be around the idol too close. By this proximity, the modern world has begun to create a cathartic lever to control the consciences. The idol can be hero or scapegoat, it can serve the society of the spectacle and its soft dictatorship. It also helps to fill slots : hero, scapegoat, fallen, condemned, victim… A cigarette paper between these qualifiers. Moralism on background, the company laid his cards and distributes the good or bad points. All areas are affected, but some more "popular" than others are affectionate. The scapegoat allows a makeover, to deceive, or to assert its responsibility and incorruptibility. But no one should be fooled by such schemes. The society of the spectacle is a simulacrum of society based on the intrusion, on indecency and denouncement.

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Christian witness

When j & rsquo; I started this blog, quickly m & rsquo; s came & rsquo; d & rsquo idea; write on the Liturgy. Not to claim a specialist status, but to share my experience about what is the heart of the life & rsquo; a Christian. There were two roads which were to merge : We had to tell the Mass (and its benefits), and then entrust the path that the & rsquo; had revealed.

Part 1 : What mass for which church ? – In front of & rsquo; church

Priests in cassocksDuring the year 1987, I thought my time had come. My life was collapsing. Life will never collapse, I will put a few years to understand ; or stops, or it becomes. My life was so transformed, violently, deeply, she offered me theenantiodromos as the Greeks say. The enantiodromos is this road that splits, which separates, that becomes two, and instead we face the choice. The enantiodromos helped me understand what freedom. This was an unprecedented situation, I & rsquo; m going & rsquo; realizing. This crossing when life takes a turn quite unexpected marks the transition from childhood to adulthood. This moment has no age. I mean that one can live at any age. It should not is not live. Do not understand what differentiates freedom experienced during childhood freedom chosen to adulthood. Because the choice made, we become another ; experience shows us and gives a framework and foundation to personality.

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Heart of Darkness, life


After seeing "Tree of Life", I long forbidden me to write about this film. Two forces clashed in me. Captivated by poetry, the blissful state in which I was immersed, I was afraid to disturb the surface of this work. I got so wrapped up in the mystery of this film that I did not understand the negative reactions and was unable to think critically1. “Tree of Life” is based on a book of the Bible, “the Book of Job”. And this book dark about life and the relationship of man to God. What is present in many books of the Bible. But the Book of Job begins with a dialogue between God and Satan play man. The impression we get this inaugural dialogue is strange. Of course, the beginning of dialogue would not be quite the same time that the central story. Whatever actually, the impression left is represented in the book. How can God be playing his beloved creature ? A hasty conclusion reports the improbable situation. In truth, Once the bark removed, the Book of Job delivers the heart of the relationship between God and man. And “Tree of Life”, the film by Terrence Malick, has the same ambition.

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A year that ends…

On a year ends, often throws a furtive glance. Do not dwell too long. You never know how many things it was forced to bury the memory could appear again, like these windows “pop up” impromptues, rude and irritating on Internet. The exercise that we can achieve is to focus very strongly to extract important events ; events that will understand why they are so counted ; how they turned determinants. It is also important not to lose sight of when the event occurs.

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In the shadow Ernesto Sabato

Lorsqu'Ernesto Sabato died on 30 April in 99 years, he repeats the words of Maria Zambrano : Died that elusive action is realized by obeying, happens beyond reality, in another realm. At his home in Santos Lugares (“holy Places” near Buenos Aires), Ernesto Sabato obeys this last injunction. He has prepared for long. In Resistance, moving his literary testament published in 2002, he wrote : Forgot large parts of my life, more, on the other hand, some meetings, danger times and the names of those who pulled my depressions and bitterness still throbbing in my hands. And yours too, you who believe in me, who have read my books and will help me to die.

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