[quote=Black Jaque]Actually what this quote says, a good Catholic can find agreement with - at least in part.
It seems that O.M.A. has reduced religion to a moral code. If that is his understanding he is correct.
As our love grows to perfection, the idea of uttering a “God damn” in casual speech would seem about as remote as the idea of committing murder seems to many of us now.
Think about Mary, and not having original sin. The thought of her saying “no” to the Angel Gabriel would probably seem as horrific to her as running out with a chainsaw and cutting up a dozen innocent victims seems to us. She didn’t need rules - her life was a constant “yes” to God.
We would have to ask O.M.A. if when love is here, will we still have mass, and worship? Will we still glorify God?
In some respects I think life is like having an entire world to live on. But in the very middle, there is a fence that encompasses a 1 acre swamp. We are told not to cross that fence. Then, in our stupidity we pace back and forth along the fence, cursing it because it “confines” us. When all we’d have to do is turn around and walk away from it and we find that in reality those inside the fence are the ones trapped.
I tend to think you’re on to what he’s really saying here.
Religion, in its commonly understood form rather than the dictionary definition, is an institution that seems largely to function as a rule-making body that tells us how to get God to love us. As St Paul makes very clear though, we are not saved by the Law–thus I think the author’s contention that rules don’t serve much. In the absence of love, the only thing to keep us acting halfway morally is regulation in some form.
Our true goal in life however is to come to perfect love of God, which we understand to come to its fruition in Purgatory where our lack of perfect love will be brought to an end. It is in coming to that perfect love that we come totally into the presence of God, known to us as Heaven.
In Heaven, in the presence of perfect love, there will be no “religion” per se as it won’t be needed. If we understand God as Love itself, then the closer we come to perfect love, the less we need external controls or guidance. When the Divine Indwelling is perfectly expressed, there is no further need for guidance from Man, i.e. “religion”.
We know though that that perfection will not come before Jesus returns so religion in some form will be necessary while we are in this earthly life.
While not very well expressed perhaps, that’s my two cents worth.