The Chair of St. Peter is now empty.
While I am very happy – relieved even – that tomorrow, Joseph Ratzinger will be able to breathe a bit easier, I still find myself saddened by his absence. His impact on my life and relationship with Christ is not something I’ve written too extensively. Suffice it to say, had it not been for my stumbling upon Benedict’s Jesus of Nazareth, I might have not become a Catholic.
While nearly all of his writing is filled to the brim with a depth of knowledge that will undoubtedly affect generations of future Christians, there are a few passages from his first volume about humanity’s relationship with God that completely shattered my worldview, this one in particular:
We are dealing here with the vast question as to how we can and cannot know God, how we are related to God and how we can lose Him. The arrogance that would make God an object and impose our laboratory conditions upon him is incapable of finding him. For it already implies that we deny God as God by placing ourselves above him, by discarding the whole dimension of love, of interior listening; by know longer acknowledging as real anything but what we can experimentally test and grasp. To think like that is to make oneself God. And to do that is to abase not only God, but the world and oneself, too.
Jesus of Nazareth, Volume One, pp. 37
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