Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Esolen on Piety

Mark Shea posted a link to an excellent article by Anthony Esolen, an author fast becoming a favorite of mine. I think Esolen nailed it right here:

For the fathers of the council did not see that they could not have undertaken their task in a less promising time. They mistook the signs of that time. They thought that they had to scale again the promontory of wisdom, to renew for the people of their day the insights into a truth that is from everlasting. But they could not see that those same people were rapidly forgetting what it means to remember; the age was not replacing one culture with another, but culture itself with nothing, with the anarchy of individual choice, which becomes little more than the managed chaos of mass entertainment and humanly pointless work. For we were finally rich enough to afford the ceaseless idleness of a hamster on his wheel.

UPDATE: I read this passage from Matthew 5 this morning but read it again at choral Vespers this evening. Seems apropos:

Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.
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