"If we take a more living and more Christian perspective we find in ourselves a simple affirmation which is not of ourselves. It simply is. In our being there is a primordial yes that is not our own; it is not at our own disposal; it is not accessible to our inspection and understanding; we do not even fully experience it as real (except in rare and unique ' is something they never advert to at all. It is in fact absolutely unconscious, totally forgotten. Basically, however, my being is not an of Being itself, irrespective of my own choices. "Where do 'I' come in? Simply in uniting the 'yes' of my own freedom with the 'yes' of Being that already is before I have chosen to choose." [Thomas Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander, Image Books, 1968/1989, 266]

Discussion of Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium

JPopeFrancis01At the very beginnng of Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis declares: "In this Exhortation I wish to encourage the Christian faithful to embark upon a new chapter of evangelization marked by this joy, while pointing out new paths for the Church's journey in years to come." Journey .... new paths. I cannot recall any statement from any Pope since the Second Vatican Council that better captures the spirit and intent of the Council than this Apostolic Exhortation from Pope Francis. It deserves very serious discussion. 

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