True Christian wisdom
can never be separated from mercy towards our neighbour
Thanks be to God, throughout the history of the church it has always been clear that a person’s perfection is measured not by the information or knowledge they process, but by the depth of the charity.
We are not the ones to determine when and how we will encounter God; the exact times and places of that encounter are not up to us. Someone who wants everything to be clear and sure presumes to control God’s transcendence.
Even when someone’s life appears completely wrecked, even when we see it devastated by vices or addictions, God is present that. If we let ourselves be guided by the spirit rather than our own preconceptions, we can and must try to find the Lord in every human life. This is part of the mystery .… It is beyond our control.
The questions of our people, their suffering, their struggles, their dreams, their trials and their worries, all possess an interpretational value that we cannot ignore if we want to take the principle of the incarnation seriously. Their wondering helps us to wonder, their questions question.
In this life human weaknesses are not healed completely and once for all by grace. God commands you to do what you can and to ask for what you cannot, and indeed to pray to him humbly: “grant what do you command -