Subsidiarity and Solidarity are the two governing principles that always need to exist within a tension. Generally when things get "polarized" in the Church or the world is when one is stressed over another.
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This particular podcast involves a discussion about anger. Check it out!
Intimacy with God is something Jesus came to give us by allowing us to share in His own Sonship with the Father. Intimacy is a deepening of reverence towards God, but the type that turns to Him with all our heart as a loving "Abba."
Jennifer Lawrence recently offered a brief reflection on why she is leaning on the side of disbelief in the afterlife. She believes this doctrine has been cultivated by humanity's propensity to be narcissistic, and therefore considers it as possibly a convention made to sooth our egotistic belief that we are special and are owed eternal life.
How do we as philosophers and Christians respond to this?
Facing the errors and corruption within the world and church today, we might understand that the massive confusion in our world is in part associated with an indifference towards the angelic hosts, which have been given to us to bring God's wisdom into this world. If they are excluded from our explicit devotional life, and from our own belief, they will respect our freedom and wait for us to call upon them to act. Therefore as a Church we need to draw upon the army (host) that has been given to us to protect and integrate the truths that God wants to give us, that will ensure humility and love to take place in our own will. Let's move in the direction as a Church back to the angelic hosts, that is fundamental to any reforms we seek in the Church today.
God has gifted us with the ability to use reason. Due to the effects of original sin, however, passion often blinds our interior senses (reason) and can lead us to become ravenous wolves. We see this with the impact it has on others when our sexual desires or desires of the flesh are in control of our lives. Addictions form and we do the worst most unimaginable things. God saves us from slavery, but as we are saved, there is a certain method to keep it that way and it involves bitterness in the Desert.
My reading up on the Pope's recent "development" on the subject of the licit reality of capital punishment is in its infancy at this moment. Here are some of my musings on why I believe the Pope is not teaching something contrary to the Church's teaching, given the new change in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.