Culture and the Sacred

This evening, I’ve been reading some sections from Cardinal Sarah’s latest book The Day is Now Far Spent in which he addresses many contemporary issues.

In a chapter on “Europe’s Crisis”, Cardinal Sarah discusses how a multicultural society can only flourish if there actually is a culture. And, as Josef Pieper explains so well in Leisure the Basis of Culture, culture is always connected to worship, to the sacred. If nothing is sacred within a society, then Cardinal Sarah says, “Relativism feeds on the negation of values in order to establish its deleterious influence” and this negation of values always poses threats to human life. Continue reading “Culture and the Sacred”

God will add

Today’s the Feast of St. Joseph. The place were I connected most with St. Joseph is in Nazareth standing around the sculpture in the banner photo near St. Joseph’s Church and close to the Basilica of the Annunciation.¬†

What came to my mind upon beholding the sculpture is this quotation¬†from Tales of the Hasidim by the Jewish philosopher Martin Buber: Continue reading “God will add”