"Without any understanding of man's deep-seated urge to self-transcend, of his very reluctance to take the hard, ascending way, and his search for some bogus liberation either below or to one side of his personality, we cannot hope to make sense of our own particular period of history or indeed of history in general, of life as it was lived in the past and as it is lived today. For this reason I propose to discuss some of the more common Grace-substitutes, into which and by means of which men and women have tried to escape from the tormenting consciousness of being merely themselves. .... human beings have felt the radical inadequacy of their personal existence, the misery of being their insulated selves and not something else, something wider, something in Wordsworthian phrase, 'far more deeply interfused'." (Aldous
Huxley, "Appendix" from The Devils of Loudun, Penguin Books, 1971, 313f.)

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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