“Benedict is one of the most intellectual men ever to serve as pope – and surely one of the most intellectual of current world leaders – and he has pinpointed the problem of the age, as well as its solution, at the level of philosophy. His argument, elaborated in the years leading up to his election and continuing through his daily speeches and pronouncements, reduces to something like this: Secularism may be one of the great developments in history, but the secularism that holds sway in much of the West – that is, Western Europe – is flawed; it has a bug in its programming. The mistaken conviction that reason and faith are two distinct realms has weakened Europe and has brought it to the verge of catastrophic collapse. As he said in a speech in 2004, “There exists pathologies in religion that are extremely dangerous and that make it necessary to see the divine light of reason as a ‘controlling organ,’ . . . However . . . there are also pathologies of reason . . .there is a hubris of reason that is no less dangerous.”
Other thoughts today:
How do you feel now that you have completed your Lenten resolves? Are you thinner? Healthier? Feel better? More productive? More inclined to do something constructive rather than watch T.V.? Have you been moved to greater acts of charity? Did you pray more? If you act now, you can preserve the new you and even upgrade if you wish. That’s right, celebrating Easter does not mean you now must eat extra chocolate, turn that T.V. back on, stop exercising, stop that extra prayer time or doing those extra, secret acts of charity. Now you can continue your Lenten resolve year round at no additional cost. Before you did it out of repentance, now, with the resurrection you can do it out of joy! But wait, that’s not all! If you preserve your Lenten resolve right now, you can upgrade for free next Lent. That’s right! Why do the same old thing year after year? Next year with conquered vices behind you, you can reach for ever new heights. But don’t wait! Act now! Angles are standing by to help you trade in your Lenten resolves for Easter living now!