Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Spirit and Life: Christians as Salt, Leaven & Light to the World


There is a moving scene in the novel The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. In it Fr. Zosima, a holy hermit, is dying. He is imparting his final advice to his fellow monks. His exhortation reaches a crescendo when he urges the monks not to think of themselves as any holier than those outside the monastery. On the contrary, he tells them to think of themselves as worse than others. Fr. Zosima then makes this striking statement: “When [a monk] realizes that he is not only worse than others, but that he is responsible to all men, for all men and for everything, for all human sins, national and individual, only then is the aim of our seclusion attained. For know, dear ones, that every one of us is undoubtedly responsible for all men and everything on earth, not merely through the general sinfulness of creation, but each one personally for all mankind and every individual man…”

We are “responsible to all men, for all and everything, for all human sins…” This idea might initially strike us not only as completely wrong...

Sincerely yours in Christ, 
Father Shenan J. Boquet 
President, Human Life International
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