By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Truth in Secular Places

Often, we Christians can, little by little, acquire a "ghetto" mentality--as if the rest of the culture has nothing at all of value in it. Catholics should find it easier to avoid that trap because the Catholic vision is that there are seeds and rays of truth in all constructive human endeavors, even non-Christian ones. We believe that all of those nuggets of truth are objectively related to Jesus who is the Truth, whether or not the persons involved are aware of that relation to Jesus, whether or not the persons involved even like or welcome the idea of such an objective relation to Jesus. This vision is how the early Church Fathers were able to fruitfully engage with and evangelize the culturally rich pagan culture that surrounded them.

Here is an excerpt from a N.Y. Times column that captures a truth that we Christians knew or should have known all along, a nugget of truth where we might least expect it. It's a column about marital troubles. Here is an excerpt:

The truth feels like the biggest sucker-punch of them all: it’s not a spouse or land or a job or money that brings us happiness. Those achievements, those relationships, can enhance our happiness, yes, but happiness has to start from within. Relying on any other equation can be lethal.

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This insight reminds me of something I recall seeing recently on the cover of a Catholic CD (my paraphrase): there is a vacancy within us that only God can fill.