Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Regression into Paganism

St. Augustine asked what pagans did when they did not succeed at resisting vices (or even try to). Very simply, they attributed them to God! And so they made a god for lust, Venus, a god for violence, Mars, and so on, feeling themselves justified in practicing these vices. The same thing is happening today with regard to Christ, and it is one of the most disturbing signs of regression into paganism. There is no weakness or obsession in modern culture that is not somehow attributed to Jesus in a way that makes people feel justified in cultivating it.
~ Raniero Cantalamessa 
in Remember Jesus Christ: Responding to the Challenges of Faith in Our Time, 14

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