Tuesday, October 07, 2008

The Lord of History

It's so easy to fall into despair when one sees the world around assisted by the media that is hell-bent on the destruction of virtues and the redefinition of what virtues are. Up is down, down is up, right is wrong, wrong is right. What do we base our Christian hope on as we live out the historicity of the moment?

From Cardinal Danielou's The Lord of History, it's good to wake up each morning and affirm this:
In the Epistle to the Hebrews, Christ is said to have entered once into the holy place, that is, when he ascended into God's heaven: something was then irrevocably gained. Nothing can ever again divide human nature from the Divinity; there is no possibility of relapse; mankind is essentially saved. All that remains is that business of extednign to the individual members of the species that which has been secured for all humanity. The event, then, has finally effected a qualitative change at a given moment in time, so that things can never be the same again...It is this belief in the irreversibility of salvation that gives rise to the Christian virtue of hope...the end of history has already taken place, because the Incarnation and the Ascension of Christ fulfill its purpose...

...The Christian mission is what gives substance and consistency to the history of our era. It is the intrinsic reality underlying the phenomena of secular history. It means the progressive building-up in love of the incorruptible body of Christ which shall go through the fire of judgement. Being the work of the Holy Ghost, the mission continues the mighty works, the mirabilia Dei, recorded in the two Testaments: the chosen people were brought out of Egypt, Christ was brought back from the dead, in the power of the self-same Spirit through whom the souls of men are saved in baptism...

...[T]he interaction of sacred and secular history is an established fact. The Christian outlook embraces the whole field of historical reality. St. Irenaeus, in primitive times, saw that universal history was all part of the Divine dispensation...

1 comment:

Abu Daoud said...

It is indeed encouraging to consider this, on the scale of universal history but also in my own life which from time to time seems to be spinning out of control!