This post I intend for a sort of bridge to whatever follows from my last entries (here and here…not that they’re hard to find). It was only appropriate, then, that I (should) read these so that I don’t build on sand...and I must say:
Please don’t read them as a foundation or constitution.
(Honestly I don’t know if to strike through from “as”!)
Evidently I tried too hard, but to be fair I would say the second post acknowledges this about the first. On the other hand, that would mean having doubled down on my (choice of) words – there is one instance whereof I’m not too proud.
But I have no intention of going editorial on them, nor do I regret having written them – even “Lex orandi…”. There is merit in always standing up for your beliefs: it wouldn’t change what is wrong therein, but it exposes one to the whole question (of right and wrong), if one is good-willed to others. It seems this is what St John Paul II, allegedly, meant in the saying:
Stupidity is a gift from God, but one must not misuse it.
I wanted to elaborate when I (ultimately tried to) referenced this in “Lex”, but of course there was that thousand-word limit, which I shall not explain – it having been self-imposed – nor probably use again…probably.
Someone timid has a fear (timere = to fear), something acrid is bitter (acris = bitter), something fluid flows (fluere = to flow), something solid gives a sense of fullness (sol* = whole). Languid (languere = to be weak) lacks energy, squalid (squalare = to be filthy) is a waste, vivid (vivus = alive) depicts life, intrepid (trep* = to shake) is unshaken. The list goes on and on.
Stupid, then, describes one who is struck (stupe* = to hit), usually in a non-physical way (stupere = to amaze). We see it, however, elsewhere: when something’s stupendous, having stupefied someone – perhaps, out of his stupor. Notably, the words that describe what is striking, as opposed to what is struck, tend to be used in magic.
So to be struck is a gift from God? Yes, when you learn something…in this case not a Game of Thrones or Harry Potter fan theory, though you have to admit <insert someone’s reaction> was priceless. But it’s similar, because it’s better: if God is known by omniscience (which logically rules out creation), then just as God doesn’t stop knowing (like us, but we can forget), so God doesn’t stop creating; so too this interaction consists of God imparting knowledge.
God’s gift is really knowledge, as indicated in our ability to react to it. Misusing that gift, then, would be to speak without thinking, to reject God’s knowledge even as with it we live and move and exist (Acts 17: 28). Talk about insult to injury, which is true even as God is intangible, since it was for our sake (cf. John 3: 16) that he became flesh, and dwelt among us (John 1: 14).
This is the Word we are talking about! And I, for one, would talk on end if there’s a chance for someone to hear, but we must guard against misunderstanding, superficiality and worldliness (cf. Matthew 13: 4-23). Pope Francis is often accused of inciting the first problem, especially in interviews – straying from prepared homilies may also make accusers wary. I mean, surely by now we all know what he said about gay people:
If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will
Right? The Holy Father contextualises and mainstream media abstract; the Holy Father builds and mainstream media destroy. But it isn’t enough to simmer over the MSM, alone or with others: that wouldn’t stop the industrial waste from being dumped in this river. Rather get to the boiling point, get off the stove and make healthy food or invigorating drink for others.
You know, we’ve considered the etymology of stupid; we have more than enough reason to find that spirit is related to the Latin spirare (to breathe). If in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1: 1), then it is the Word that at creation breathed…the breath of life (cf. Genesis 2: 7), eternal as himself, into humanity.
At this second instance of interaction, rather the first revisited, I am reminded of a (local?) church song apparently written to the tune of Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind” – I never knew!
How many times must Christ call to us
before his message is heard?
How many times must he knock at our door
before we answer his call?
How many times must his grace be poured out
before our response will be heard?
The answer, my friend, must come from within.
The answer must come from within.
Kitschy, but true, and if we are to believe St Paul on the varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit (1 Corinthians 12: 4), we must understand, as did St Teresa of Ávila, that Christ has no body now on earth but (y)ours…
God may have created man in his own image (Genesis 1: 27) and ex nihilo (out of nothing), but as such man has the power (the Spirit) and the tools (not just the body) to continue the work of his Christ. As we change in the sciences, our complementary prayer is as unchanging as God to whom we pray: send forth thy spirit and [thy faithful] shall be created, and thou shalt renew the face of the earth (cf. Psalm 104: 30).
As I end by returning to Teresa, I note this post’s word count as a bit over a thousand words, so it is a little contradictory, but I stated my position on blogging in my last post, almost a year ago, and what I ended up writing here, albeit unplanned, I accept it in itself and as my own challenge to continue this online activity. As I end, this is my prayer; let it be yours too.
Let nothing disturb you. Let nothing frighten you.
All things pass. God does not change.
Patience achieves everything.
Whoever has God lacks nothing.
God alone suffices.
NOTE 1: All etymologies are from Etymonline and, excepting what is asterisked as Proto-Indo-European, refer to Latin.
NOTE 2: All Scripture is here cited from the New American Standard Bible, via Bible Hub.