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onsdag 15. februar 2017

Hvorfor blir folk katolikker?

KIRKEN SETT INNENFRA: Den katolske kirke er som de gotiske kirkene: Vakker sett utenfra, men skjønnheten, lyset og fargene oppleves enda mer intenst når du er inne i kirken. George Weigel skriver: "The Gothic, with its soaring vaults and buttresses and its luminous stained glass, is not a classic Catholic architectural form by accident. The full beauty of the light, however, washes over you from inside." (Bildet er fra La Sainte Chapelle i Paris)



Få med deg en interessant artikkel av George Weigel her: "Why do adults become Catholics?"


Her er noen smakebiter:

"There are as many reasons for “converting” as there are converts."

"If there is a thread running through these varied personalities, it may be this: that men and women of intellect, culture, and accomplishment have found in Catholicism what Blessed John Paul II called the “symphony of truth.” 

That rich and complex symphony, and the harmonies it offers, is an attractive, compelling, and persuasive alternative to the fragmentation of modern and post-modern intellectual and cultural life, where little if anything fits together and much is cacophony.

Catholicism is not an accidental assembly of random truth-claims; the Creed is not an arbitrary catalogue of propositions and neither is the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It all fits together. And in doing so, Catholicism helps fit all the aspects of our lives together, as it orders our loves and loyalties in the right direction."

"You don't have to be an intellectual to appreciate this "symphony of truth," however. For Catholicism is, first of all, an encounter with a person, Jesus Christ, who is "the way, the truth, and the life" (John 14.6). And to meet that person is to meet the truth that makes all the other truths of our lives make sense."

"Viewed from outside, Catholicism can seem closed and unwelcoming. As Evelyn Waugh noted, though, it all seems so much bigger, spacious, open from the inside. The Gothic, with its soaring vaults and buttresses and its luminous stained glass, is not a classic Catholic architectural form by accident. The full beauty of the light, however, washes over you from inside."

Les hele artikkelen her: "Why do adults become Catholics?"

2 kommentarer:

  1. For en som nylig spurte seg selv "hvorfor i all verden vil jeg dette"? er denne artikkelen en gave - nesten et grøss.

    Et ekte takk fra Heidi

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    1. Hei Heidi!

      Takk for takken. Nå har jeg oppdatert lenken slik at den faktisk fører dit den skal. Mulig du fikk googlet deg fram til artikkelen selv, men nå har du iallfall en direktelenke. Hvis du ble så glad av å lese utdraget bør du definitivt lese hele artikkelen :)

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