Sometimes, we find words of wisdom that confirm our beliefs.
Other times, we find words of wisdom that challenge our beliefs.
For me, the following passage from a French Benedictine monk falls into the latter category. For that I am grateful:
We must love the age we live in. It should be evident that from the point of view of faith the best age for each of us is the one in which God has placed us, the one he has given us and we must give back to him, the one in which we can give ourselves to him.
It's a great thing to be alive! A great grace simply to exist! God has chosen our age for us: this age that we receive from him and that is ours is the only age we have at our disposal. We have no right to prefer another one.
If we compare our age with those of the past, so far as we know them, ours is not the worst of them all, or even worse than many of them; it is better than many, and perhaps better than all of them. A positive point of view is the primary condition for making it better still.
- From “Tradition: A Door to the Present” by Jean Leclercq, OSB (1911 – 1993)