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What Type of Person Are You?

October 13, 2015

Tom Hoopes writes in the English edition of Aleteia, That Moment When You Start Taking Jesus Seriously:

There are two kinds of people attracted by the truth. First, there are people with highly attuned B.S.-detectors who want to find rock-bottom truth. They come to Christ through philosophy or scientific discovery or apologetics.

But then there are people who are not necessarily intellectuals but who delight in the “Amazing Faith Facts” side of Catholicism. The Shroud of Turin, the Our Lady of Guadalupe tilma or the blood of St. Januarius bring them in. These, too, thrill to the truth.  (emphasis mine)

And then there are those of us who …

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  1. piero
    October 13, 2015 at 8:01 am

    Do you know Maria Valtorta?

    In Viareggio, next Saturday (17 October 2015),
    there will be another meeting of studies (and
    research) on the familiar figure of Italian
    mystic: Maria Valtorta …

    Links:

    http://www.fondazionemariavaltorta.it/it/conferenze.php

    http://www.fondazionemariavaltorta.it/it/news.php?idm=57-14-2015

  2. Louis
    October 13, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Her book was placed on the Índex of Prohibited Books by the Holy See. Imagine Jesus dictating to her about his earthly life, to form a fifth gospel!

  3. Louis
    October 13, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    It is important to remember that there are mystics and “mystics”. Gaddafi acted as though he was a mystic and a true one would be Meister Eckhart, who influenced C. G. Jung.
    The Aleteia site to which Dan provided a link brings good news:
    The Syrian Catholic priest Father Jacques Mourad was released by the IS this week. He was known to negotiate with other terrorists like the Al Nusra group, who respect him. It looks like the IS did too. Is it charisma? Is he another Francis of Assissi? Look at him:
    http://aleteia.org/2015/10/11/syrian-monk-abducted-by-isis-is-free-celebrates-first-mass/
    Now to the main topic. Dan says “And there there are for those of us who…”
    He is right. I have met people in some cultures who live without thinking about the “whys”, why we are here,to where we will go, what is the meaning of it all. They only think about building a house, eating well, getting married, having children, dividing the property (if possible peacefully) and then preparing to die, not bothering about religion. I have also met one religious person who goes to church every day and told me that life is “family and friends”!
    Rock-bottom truth is not easy to find, the faith element is always there. Some have faith, others don’t:
    https://www.academia.edu/8424286/Book_Review_The_Future_of_Atheism_Alister_McGrath_and_Daniel_Dennett_in_Dialogue
    Others died as agnostics, but encouraged science-theology dialogue:
    https://www.academia.edu/14727603/Why_Stephen_Jay_Gould_proposed_the_principle_of_Non-overlapping_Magisteria
    Yet others shunned organised religion but were not atheists:
    https://www.academia.edu/12851672/The_Historical_Jesus_The_view_of_Professor_Geza_Vermes

    • piero
      October 14, 2015 at 8:48 am

      Louis,
      I am curious about the opinion of
      C. G. Jung about “the case of Maria Valtorta”…
      I think there is nothing at all about
      Maria Valtorta in the papers by Jung.
      Isn’t it?
      — —
      Here the old news:
      >… … ISIS published a video consisting of still photos
      showing the destruction of the Monastery of Mar Elian,
      in the central Syrian town of al-Qaryatain.
      >The jihadist group said it destroyed the monastery
      because it “is worshiped beside Allah,” according to
      the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights,
      which reported the destruction Aug. 20.
      >The video also shows the exhumation of the remains
      of St. Elian (pictured), who was killed by his father, a
      Roman officer, for refusing to renounce Christianity.
      >Militants who carried out the destruction reportedly
      took some residents of the town, including Christians,
      to their “capital,” the Syrian city of Raqqa, according
      to the Observatory.
      >Mar Elian Monastery is the home of Father Jacques
      Mourad, who was kidnapped there in May.
      >Father Mourad worked for reconciliation in the local
      community since the beginning of the civil conflict
      in Syria. … …

      So… on one hand we can be happy for the liberation
      of Father Jacques, but on the other we have the
      sad ruins and horrific destruction of other
      human lives …

      Here the other informations (on the same webpage):
      >…The Assyrian International News Agency said
      that Mar Elian was founded in the 5th century as
      a Syriac Orthodox Monastery. In the 17th century
      it became Catholic. Ten years ago, it was renovated
      by the prior of the ancient Mar Moussa al-Habashi
      (St. Moses) monastery, Jesuit Father Paolo Dall’Oglio.
      >Father Dall’Oglio was kidnapped by ISIS in July, 2013. …

  4. Louis
    October 14, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Piero
    Although he was a Catholic in mind and heart C.G. Jung did not bother about Maria Valtorta probably because she was not known. He was also very old at that time, unable to go to England to see his closest friend, the American Dominican monk Father Victor White, who was dying.
    Christianity is all but finished in Syria, thanks to Obama and Hilary Clinton.

  5. Louis
    November 2, 2015 at 6:43 am

    There is a correction to make;
    The Syrian monk Father Jacques Mourad was not freed by the IS. He actually escaped with the help of a Muslim:
    http://aleteia.org/2015/10/15/father-jacques-mourad-i-felt-jesus-presence-in-isis-captivity/
    He has been helping both Christian and Muslim communities hit by violence in the country.

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