January 29, 2011

The analogical imagination...

From Catholic Matters: Confusion, Controversy, and the Splendor of Truth, by Fr. Neuhaus...

...The analogical imagination seeks out resemblances, similarities, correspondences, and the overlapping truths between apparently disparate realities.It aims at synthesis on the far side of experienced antithesis, it aims at likeness on the far side of unlikeness. Thus human sexuality in marriage is like the union between Christ and his bride the Church. Thus, as Vatican II insisted, the Church is not an alternative to the world, but is a sacrament for the world, and even of the world. She is that part of the world aspiring to the world's fulfillment in Christ....

...The analogical imagination is precisely that, a matter of imagination, a matter of sensibility. That is why we speak of the spirit of Catholicism rather than the logic of Catholicism, though Catholicism is also perfectly logical. It is a matter of finding analogies with hope even in a world that denies that hope. The spirit of Catholicism begins with an irrepressible sympathy with the world that is the object of God's love in Christ. It sees in the world ever so much more than the world dares to see in itself. It sees in every human being a potentiality for glory far beyond that person's timorous aspirations. Remember how often John Paul II cited the passage from Gaudium et Spes that says Christ is not only the revelation of God to man, but the revelation of man to himself...

   

Posted by John Weidner at January 29, 2011 5:56 PM
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