But I occasionally find myself wondering if I’m watching a small outward expression (one of many) that is indicative of the age in which we live. Superficiality of image becomes everything, where taste and manners without deep-rooted substance stunts spiritual progress of the human soul.
monks brewed their ale (ora et labora) is not matched by a similar appreciation for the prayer that structured their lives.” He continued: “A desire to emulate grandmother’s knitting, pickling, and needlework does not extend to the habit she felt to be the most important: daily Bible reading.” He then delivered a stinging and succinct observation: “Hipsters are ambivalent reactionaries who love every aspect of tradition ― except its authority.”
suffering throughout thirty-three years of chronic illness in broader contexts than my reality. Pope John Paul II’s Salvifici Doloros extensively addressed my questions about the Why of Suffering. Pope Benedict XVI spoke to me about hope in his book The Yes of Jesus Christ. He told the reader who suffers from illness or handicaps that God wants us to give Him a “down-payment of trust.” The Pope told the reader that God is saying to us: “I know you don’t understand me yet. But trust me: believe me when I tell you I am good and dare to live on the basis of this trust. Then you will discover that behind your suffering, behind the difficulties of your life, a love is hiding.” This trust will serve as a vehicle of transcendence beyond my physical circumstances and suffering. The superficiality and cynicism of the world does not understand this. Trust involves vulnerability and self-denial of inner control. It is the antithesis of our age.