March 01, 2013

The Limits of Highlighting

I'm reading the Catechism & the daily meditations of Co-Workers of the Truth (my dog ate my Fr. Barron Lenten meditation booklet, so I'm back to Co-Workers -- Kim if you're reading, any way I can get a fresh copy of Fr. Barron's pamphlet?) and I've found that highlighting has become something of a joke. When you highlight 80% of the passages you are, essentially, highlighting none. But I do anyway (see my blog title). Here's the latest from Co-Workers:
...God appears everywhere as the Being who is all eyes, as sight itself. This archaic concept has been preserved in the portrayal of the eye of God with which we are familiar from Christian art. Behind the concept, we recognize a primitive human feeling—men know that they are known. They know that there is ultimately no hiding place for them, that their lives are everywhere exposed to a sight from which there is no concealment, no escape; that for them to live is to be seen—and they react in a variety of ways to this knowledge. They can sense danger and feel that their lives are circumscribed. In that case, the feeling may leave them embittered, can become a passionate struggle against the unseen witness who is thought to be envious of their freedom, of the uninhibited quality of their will and actions. But the opposite can also happen: men, who are made for love, can find in this presence that is everywhere around them the security for which their whole being cries out. They can see therein a victory over the loneliness that no human individual can ever banish even though it is in direct contradiction to our being, which cries out for a You, for someone to share our life. In this secret presence, men can find a reason for the confidence that makes life possible for them. At this point, their response to the question of God’s existence acquires critical proportions. Whether they want to remain hidden; whether they want to be totally alone—“You will be like God”; or whether, despite their insufficiencies and precisely because of them, they are grateful to the one who supports and bears all their loneliness—all this depends on how they have regarded their life from the beginning. There are many reasons why one or other of these responses may be given; it depends on their formative relationship with the You—whether it appeared as love or as threat. It makes a difference also under what aspect they first encountered God—as the fear-inspiring Watcher who is implacable in his demands for punishment, or as the creative Love that awaits them. Everything depends ultimately on the decisions by which, in the course of their lives, they have accepted or transformed their earlier experiences.

From: Cardinal Ratzinger's Co-Workers of the Truth (quoting Der Gott Jesu Christi, pp. 13–14).

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