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There has probably never been a time in the Church, certainly not in recent centuries, where we have had as healthy a theology as today. The past 40 years have been a time of great scholarship in Scripture and theology. There are now more theologians studying and writing than ever before and they are more scholarly-conscientious than ever before.
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Inside each of us there is a deep, congenital restlessness. We are not restful beings who sometimes get restless, but restless beings who occasionally experience rest. Karl Rahner, I believe, had it right when he said that we do not have souls that get restless, but that our souls themselves are lonely caverns thirsting for the infinite, deep wells of restlessness that make us ache to sleep with the whole world and all that is beyond.
The older I get the more convinced I am that spiritual maturity lies in the simple capacity to admire – to admire beauty, admire talent and admire youth, without trying to possess them.
As children, we believe in fairy tales and nurse the naive idea there is a divine magic which will swish away all evil, injustice, and pain and make a happy ending to everything.
There's a particularly poignant line in the account of Jesus' death which says that, when he died, "the veil in the sanctuary was torn from top to bottom." I remember, as a boy picturing it literally, and thinking: "Now they'll know what a terrible thing they've done!"