An Admonition on Thinking in this, the Secular Age…

Georges Bernanos 1888 - 1948

Georges Bernanos
1888 – 1948

“We would do well to be extremely careful in the conclusions we draw in the face of the humanitarian protestations made by the modern conscience of many and of humanity: it is certainly possible that only neuro-pathological phenomena are involved.  “Let us distrust the kind of compassion that God has not blessed and that is nothing but a movement of the viscera.  Man’s nerves have their contradictions, their weaknesses, but the logic of evil is as strict as hell.” Our novelist [Bernanos] remains just as distrustful with regard to all the psychological and religious evasions of spiritual spheres of calm and contemplation that the machine age has to offer.  In the final analysis, the only role that a contemplative person could still play in a machine age consistent with itself is that of a brake.” ― Bernanos: An Ecclesial Existence, by Hans Urs Von Balthasar, A Communio Book, © 1996 Ignatius Press, San Francisco, ISBN 0-89870-576-2, Page 31. 

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