The New Man
Religion is essentially the art and the theory of the remaking of man. Man is not a finished creation.
What ever disunites man from God, also disunites man from man.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing.
‘Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
‘See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.’
“Though our feelings come and go, God’s love for us does not.” C.S. Lewis
“Who is going to save our Church?
Not our bishops, not our priests and religious.
It is up to you, the people. You have the minds, the eyes, the ears to save the Church.
Your mission is to see that your priests act like priests, your bishops, like bishops, and your religious act like religious.”
-Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen,
before the Knights ofColumbus, June 1972
The Leap of Faith
‘When you come to the end of all the light you know and it’s time to step
into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two
things will happen: Either you will be given something solid to stand on,
or you will be taught how to fly!’
‘Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did so. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.’
‘Until one is committed
There is hesitancy, the chance to draw back,
Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation),
There is one elementary truth,
The ignorance of which kills countless ideas
And splendid plans: That the moment one definitely commits oneself,
Then Providence moves too.
All sorts of things occur to help one
That would never otherwise have occurred.
A whole stream of events issue from the decision
Raising in one’s favor all manner
Of unforeseen incidents and meetings
And material assistance,
Which no man could have dreamt
Would have come his way.
I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:
“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.’