Daily Archives: September 7, 2008

Quote of the Day

“The Greek world…was nonetheless deeply aware that man’s real sin, his deepest temptation, is hubris — the arrogant presumption of autonomy that leads man to put on airs of divinity, to claim to be his own god, in order to possess life totally and to draw from it every last drop of what it has to offer.”

— Pope Benedict XVI, “Jesus of Nazareth,” pg. 98

This is exactly how I was raised.  Of course, if there is no God, then it makes perfect sense.  Utilitarian ethics, among many others, are not horrible ethics, they just lack Truth.  If there is no purpose to our lives, no ultimate authority, then Utilitarianism, (among other codes of ethics) appear to be a fine way to live, in order to get the “most out of life.”

But what a freeing thing it is to be Catholic and understand the Truth.  And, by no means, do I have all the answers — I don’t even have all the questions! — but, I want to get there and I’m working in that direction.  So, with His help, maybe I’ll keep making progress.  🙂