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But Seek the One That is To Come!
“Here we have no lasting city, but we seek the one that is to come” (Hebrews 13:14). This is a particularly challenging thought in this age of cynicism, where doubt in all things save science and technology currently reigns. But the deep truth is that this world, this beautiful, God-given world is not our real home. While the world is not our real home, it is our earthly home and we are to honor it, respect it, and treat it accordingly. It is God’s gift to us. Creation reveals the mind of God to us. Nature is true to his design. Though we too are in nature, we are unlike any other creature in nature, in that we are the only ones to whom God gave free will. God breathed his own image and likeness into us in that freedom, but because of the Fall of Adam and Eve, we have been known to distort that freedom and even to use it in defiance of the One who made us. This has affected us profoundly. “One of the saddest and most significant things about modern life is that it lacks instinct...Under the fatal burden of our civilization, the overwhelming weight of our titanic dreams, the futile waste of our so-called ‘self-realization’ and other vague ideas, we have lost our natural instinct. And the mechanization and reorganization of our religious life has taken away our supernatural instinct as well...The certainty that enabled us to distinguish between good and evil by our own inner standard, to decide between useful and harmful, between wisdom and folly, has vanished. This explains the immature behavior of so many Christians today.” These words are from Father Alfred Delf, S.J., a German Jesuit priest, who was condemned to death by the Nazis in 1945.…