"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]

Relatio Post Disceptationem

JCardinalsThe Extraordinary Synod on the Family has published a working document - "Relatio Post Disceptationem" ("Report after Debate") - summarizing input at the Synod. After the Ordinary Synod of Bishops next year, we can expect Pope Francis to publish an Apostolic Exhortation based on the work of the Extraordinary Synod and the Ordinary Syond. To read the English translation of the "Relatio Post Disceptationem" click here.