Bill…you quoted and focused beautifully on one of my favorite scripture verses. It is the one that a priest-chaplain used…rather bluntly…to get me to see how much my Catholicism was filled with the pride of “self authority”…“self’ magisterium”.
For those who don’t get it (Lk 10:16)…and I personally believe that sadly, we have way too many Catholics in the One True Church that don’t believe (ignore/wish away) Lk 10:16…as we do in the 38K non-Catholic sects…they are using the same paddles to row their spiritual boats.
It simply proves two things to me:-first, we really do have free will …just like our elder brothers of the Old Testament Jewish covenant…we too can ignore the Truth and like the poet Gray says…standby to pay the price:[INDENT][INDENT][size=6]Alas! regardless of their doom, the little victims play! No sense have they of ills to come nor care beyond today.
~ Thomas Gray ~[/size]
[/INDENT]-second, there really is (hopefully for some) an Eighth Sacrament…**Ignorance **-- the will to disbelieve. Or as former Reagan era Ambassador to the UN, Jeane Kirkpatrick once said…
**[size=4] "The will to disbelieve the horrible is, I believe, a defining characteristic of the contemporary West, of no society more than our own. **
[/size][INDENT]Jeane J. Kirkpatrick, “The Will to Disbelieve” (Hoover Institute, 1984)
[/INDENT][/INDENT]Lastly, even if I could say with absolute certainty…I believe Lk 10:16…I still have my own failures…maybe not to disbelieve…but surely to not follow what I believe with 100% of heart., mind and soul…and with all my strength. So, as I pray for others…I pray that someone is praying for my poor soul. Amen!