Fields replied, "Been lookin' for loopholes"...
Thou shalt not kill. Love thine enemy. Love one another as I loved you. Say yes when you mean yes and no when you mean no; anything else comes from the evil one.
Christ couldn’t have been clearer, firmer, more concise, more unequivocal, more definite, more final. He put no restrictions whatsoever on any of those.
If he had added Thou shalt not kill unless you happen to deem it a “just” killing, his entire life, death, and ministry would have meant nothing. The Crucifixion would have added nothing. Good Friday commemorates the unspeakable suffering of yet another nobody, a dreamer, a loser. The Resurrection was a symbol, a gesture.
There is only one unforgivable sin, Christ said, and that is to blaspheme the Holy Spirit. I wonder if this willful twisting of his life, teaching, being, and the plainest, clearest possibly teaching is not exactly what he was talking about.
As G. K. Chesterton observed, “Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried."
Still, we should at least know what we're aiming for.
If he left me or you in charge of who gets to be killed, I’m handing in my rosary.
The terrible thing about all divine truth, indeed, is its simplicity. Whether it be the secrets of the physical universe he has created (like Einstein’s E=mc2), or the Ten Commandments, or the Beatitudes, or the truth we learned in the catechism – all can be simply stated. And yet how curious it is that this very simplicity make them so unacceptable to the wise and the proud and the sophisticated of this world. ‘It is the simple things of this world,’ says St. Paul, ‘that God has chosen to confound the wise.’ Has God really planned it so, or is it just that we in our human wisdom are too proud to accept the utter simplicity of divine wisdom? Why must we always look for more sophisticated, more meaningful, more relevant answers, when he has set the truth before us in so stark and simple a fashion?
Man was created to praise, reverence, and serve God in this world and to be happy with him forever in the next. That is the fact of the matter; you believe it or you don't – and that is the end of it. Philosophers may argue about it, and they have; some have managed to convince themselves and others of its truth, while others have not. But it is the first truth of the faith, and those who have faith accept it; those who do not, do not. I cannot myself convince anyone of it, but I believe it. I do not apologize for my faith, nor am I ashamed of it…That is the only secret I have come to know. It is not mine alone; Christ himself spoke of it, the saints have practiced it, others have written about it far better than I. I can only hope that what I have written will strike a responsive chord in some, will prove a help to others, however few. And I pray that you may be one of them.
--Fr. Walter Ciszek, S.J., He Leadeth Me
|FR. WALTER CISZEK,|
A NEW PERSONAL HERO