Tuesday, June 5, 2007


Here is a lesson I have not yet learned:

Paul VI expresses his hope for a world in which the parable of Dives and Lazarus is corrected so that liberty is not an empty word, and Lazarus, the poor man, may sit at the same table as the rich. But this is to reverse the meaning of the parable. In the Gospel the rich man accepit bona in vita sua and for that reason he ends up being punished; Lazarus, on the other hand, recepit mala et nunc consolatur. To want Lazarus to enjoy life in the same way as the rich man would mean saying he is better off with worldly goods than with heavenly consolation; or else would imply that the enjoyment of earthly goods is tied to the enjoyment of God, and necessarily brings a man to Him.
— Roman Amerio, Iota Unum, paragraph 328.

Cuius est imago haec et inscriptio?

The Outsiders and the Insiders came together to test you, to see if you could tell the way of God from the way of man. Who owns me? In whose image am I made? Whose name is written on me?