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送交者: strangers 2018月01月10日14:22:38 于 [彩虹之约] 发送悄悄话
回  答: ZT Prayer strangers 于 2018-01-10 12:25:39

His Holiness had wonderful reflections on praying and prayer. I choose this particular paragraph, not because it is “safe”, but that it is almost a further explanation to then Cardinal Ratzinger’s comment on what makes us human being. The whole paragraph can be blended into Ratzinger’s homily seamlessly.  

the following book recommendation, including the “p.s” part, was done before I bought "Crossing the Threshold of Hope". 

God the Creator

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth...."

These words, with which Holy Scripture begins, always have the effect on me of the solemn tolling of a great old bell, which stirs the heart from afar with its beauty and dignity and gives it an inkling of the mystery of eternity. – Joseph Ratzinger

1981年的四旬斋期间,当时的慕尼黑枢机主教 Joseph Ratzinger, 创世纪,连续四次布道(homilies)。他的这四次讲道,连同另一篇短文,收录成书 In the Beginning A Catholic Understanding of the Story of Creation and the Fall.

(Warning: This is not a book for people who interpret Genesis literally, who read it word by word or day by day as a 6pm news report.)

It is not new that we shall not read Bible as an all-inclusive science text book. However, there were moments that I was looking for more. For example, what shall be our take-away when reading books such as Lone Survivors? What shall be our response when challenged by today’s development of machine / deep learning?  This little book surprisingly modern and the author seemed to know, more than thirty years ago, the subtle concerns of which I cannot define properly myself. He raised questions and answered them with his signature clarity.

On the other hand, as you can expect from Professor Joseph Ratzinger, the homilies move smoothly from Kant to Jacques Monod. I don’t know who Monod is and wonder back then all that sitting in the pews knew Kant and Modod well? They didn’t have google or smartphones. It must be hard to be a Catholic in his parish… : )Nevertheless 缺乏一些背景知识,并不影响阅读。因为是源于讲道,这本书较之其它著作,读来更富有热情,更为“优美”.

Yes, as Cardinal Schönborn described, these homilies are “beautiful”. Beyond logical arguments, beauty moves us, lifts us and propels us. Except from the book : Human beings are not a mistake but something willed; they are the fruit of love. They can disclose in themselves, in the bold project that they are, the language of the creating Intelligence that speaks to them and that moves them to say: Yes, Father, you have willed me.

p.s. After watching Blade Runner 2049, I recall what the book argued on that specifically different about human beings. The year was 1981. Cardinal Ratzinger said to his congregation “… capable of thinking and praying”. Ah, praying. One year later, Blade Runner original released. Now, I wish that they show the new movie in Vatican along with lectures of Deep Learning and Fr Benedict, as he preferred to be addressed now, could write more. 

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