All Of The Above

It is easy to think there is one solution for everyone and for all the problems in the world. As Catholics, though, this would mean denying parts of ourselves.

To support this claim, consider the beginning of the book: MacIntyre opens with a version of Walter Miller’s science fiction novel A Canticle for Liebowitz, namely, a future where science has been destroyed, and mankind is trying to piece together “science” from smashed-up pieces and fragments.

– David F. Dieteman The Catholic Option: “All of the Above”

But as we saw in Canticle, if all you have is fragments, then you will end up with nonsense.

St. Paul’s instruction that there is one spirit and many gifts is relevant here.

The debate has been over whether or not we should withdraw and re-emerge when there are people outside the walls who value the sorts of things we value. Yes, we must have communities where the lore and beauty of the West is held dear and treated as foundation and inspiration.

But we must also have people who preach to those who can be saved. Perhaps even some of those houses of lore and healing can cultivate preachers to minister to the wounded. Sometimes this will be born of poverty that chooses generosity over selfish grasping. Sometimes this will be raised from those who uncompromisingly speak the truth and insist that others do so. Sometimes this will come from the clever application of wealth and privilege to particular problems.

Catholic, after all, means “universal” – and in all the senses of that word. The Church needs all the gifts that the Spirit has to bestow. The trick is to discern which you have been given and then to share them with those around you in your particular way.



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