La révolution de la moralité supernaturalle

Dans son avant-dernier chapitre, Dietrich von Hildebrand parle de quatre façons par lesquelles la moralité a changé après l’incarnation du Christ.

Il dit que le premier aspect qui distingue l’ethos Chrétien de la moralité naturelle, par exemple des grecs anciens, c’est l’humilité. Il explique que “l’importance de l’humilité a transformé la somme totale de la moralité.” Avant l’incarnation de Dieu, il n’y avait pas d’appréciation pour la valeur de l’humilité. L’incarnation a revolutionné la moralité, changé son point de référence, et est devenue une source de beauté mystérieuse.

La deuxième révolution de la moralité supernaturelle  est la miséricorde. Hildebrand la décrit comme “un rythme de moralité entièrement nouveau.” La miséricorde est reliée à la contrition et la conversion. La croissance dans la miséricorde nous offre un chemin hors de notre orgueil vers la sainteté. 

La troisième caractéristique de la moralité Chrétienne est “la bonté spécifique de l’amour.” Il explique que la véracité et l’intégrité de Socrates ne sont pas identiques à la moralité supernaturelle d’un martyre comme Étienne qui a decidé de prier pour ceux qui l’ont tué.

La dernière chose que Hildebrand explique nous montre le caractère radicalement nouveau de la moralité Chrétienne:  toutes les vertus et attitudes morales ont leur origine dans une réponse au Dieu qui est la source de chaque “bien moralement pertinent.”

En résumé, l’humilité, la miséricorde, la bonté de l’amour et la moralité comme réponse à Dieu constituent la différenciation entre la moralité naturelle et la moralité supernaturalle qui est un standard nouveau et éternel pour nous après l’incarnation de Dieu.



The Reason for the Hope

The next chapter I read in The Art of Living is also written by Dietrich’s widow Alice von Hildebrand and it’s on the subject of hope. In it, she begins by diagnosing despair as “the consciousness of a metaphysical calling, a metaphysical destiny left unfulfilled.” And she argues that whenever a person despairs and says about his life, “It’s too late”, this betrays a lack of confidence “in the eternal renewal of the generous creativity of God.” Continue reading “The Reason for the Hope”

How telling people what you do for a living affects your personality

The newly republished book by Dietrich von Hildebrand, The Art of Living, includes two beautiful essays by his widow, Alice, on the topics of communion and hope.

The chapter on communion is marvellous and incisive. She begins by discussing the various crises of communion in our contemporary society. There are different types of solitude. Sometimes being alone can be a source of anxiety and other times it can be a relief. The peculiar and unsettling loneliness is that of being alone in a crowd, which Hannah Arendt discussed as the social realm (neither the public nor the private sphere but some collapsed in-between) and which Sherry Turkle discusses in the context of technology in her book Alone Together.
Continue reading “How telling people what you do for a living affects your personality”

Poland: Righteous Among the Nations?

When the Polish government passed a bill on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day in an effort to criminalize attributing responsibility for the Holocaust to Poles, many Israeli leaders and Jews became furious considering the move tantamount to a form of Holocaust denial.

The proposed legislation reads: “Whoever claims, publicly and contrary to the facts, that the Polish Nation or the Republic of Poland is responsible or co-responsible for Nazi crimes committed by the Third Reich… or for other felonies that constitute crimes against peace, crimes against humanity or war crimes, or whoever otherwise grossly diminishes the responsibility of the true perpetrators of said crimes – shall be liable to a fine or imprisonment for up to 3 years.”

To read more, click here to view my piece on The Federalist.

Three Best Ottawa Cafes in the Market

This is a very quick post to highlight my three favourite cafes in my new neighbourhood.

1. Headquarters (115 Clarence Street): Perfect for avocado toast-loving millennials who appreciate minimalist decor, take-the-world-by-the-storm-yet-chill soundtracks, and exquisite menu options. Each of the food items is a work of art. Pictured below is carrot ginger soup with maple drizzle, among a medley of other ingredients that made the soup actually worth $9. The coffee is quite good but the food is better. The Art Is In pastries are extraordinary and I often celebrate Sunday with a chocolate-filled croissant covered with almonds and dusted in icing sugar. Mmmm.   Continue reading “Three Best Ottawa Cafes in the Market”