Tuesday, December 11, 2007

"a knowledge of man is a prerequisite for a knowledge of God"

Msgr. Lorenzo Albacete quoted these passages recently. Without googling or otherwise peeking, who spoke these remarks?

«The religion of the God who became man has met the religion (for such it is) of man who makes himself God. And what happened?
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The attention of our council has been absorbed by the discovery of human needs (and these needs grow in proportion to the greatness which the son of the earth claims for himself). But we call upon those who term themselves modern humanists, and who have renounced the transcendent value of the highest realities, to give the council credit at least for one quality and to recognize our own new type of humanism: we, too, in fact, we more than any others, honor mankind.
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the Catholic religion is for mankind. In a certain sense it is the life of mankind. It is so by the extremely precise and sublime interpretation that our religion gives of humanity (surely man by himself is a mystery to himself) and gives this interpretation in virtue of its knowledge of God: a knowledge of God is a prerequisite for a knowledge of man as he really is, in all his fullness; for proof of this let it suffice for now to recall the ardent expression of St. Catherine of Siena, "In your nature, Eternal God, I shall know my own." The Catholic religion is man's life because it determines life's nature and destiny; it gives life its real meaning, it establishes the supreme law of life and infuses it with that mysterious activity which we may say divinizes it.
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we can and must recognize in Christ's countenance the countenance of our heavenly Father "He who sees me," Our Lord said, "sees also the Father" (John 14:9), our humanism becomes Christianity, our Christianity becomes centered on God; in such sort that we may say, to put it differently: a knowledge of man is a prerequisite for a knowledge of God.»

4 comments:

Suzanne said...

Okay, I'm going to be very very brave and hazard a wild guess -- my beloved patron, Charles Borromeo? I know I'm probably wrong, and now wrong in a public way, but, well, anything that leads to humility is a good thing, right?

Suzanne said...

Now I remember! I even heard Albacete quote these words myself in D.C. What a goof I am! Well, I won't reveal it, so someone else has the opportunity to get it right...

Alex Vitus said...

hmmm... sounds like Vatican 2; I am guessing that it is Pope John XXIII or Paul VI. I'll say Paul VI.

Freder1ck said...

Alex got it!

It's quoted in Msgr. Albacete's current column in Traces.