Quite a lot of our contemporary culture is actually shot through with a resentment of limits and the passage of time, anger at what we can't do, fear or even disgust at growing old.
Incidentally, one of the most worrying problems in the impact of Western modernity on traditional culture is that it quite rapidly communicates its own indifference or anxiety or even hostility about age and ageing.
To help the poor to a capacity for action and liberty is something essential for one's own health as well as theirs: there is a needful gift they have to offer which cannot be offered so long as they are confined by poverty.
We are called to show utter commitment to the God who is revealed in Jesus and to all those to whom His invitation is addressed.
A healthy human environment is one in which we try to make sense of our limits, of the accidents that can always befall us and the passage of time which inexorably changes us.
Whether something is old-fashioned or not doesn't resolve the question of whether it's true or not. I can see the temptation of simply thinking, 'Well, there's a cultural mainstream which flows neatly in one direction. You just align with it'. And that really won't do.
Friendship is something that creates equality and mutuality, not a reward for finding equality or a way of intensifying existing mutuality.
At the end of the Middle Ages, nobody would ever have expected the monasteries to vanish from the scene within a generation - yet they did. Change does happen.
In sharp contrast to the idea that this stage of life is enviable, we hear high levels of anxiety about getting old, anxieties about health, mobility, access to facilities, simple routine care and attention.
Marriage has a unique place because it speaks of an absolute faithfulness, a covenant between radically different persons, male and female; and so it echoes the absolute covenant of God with his chosen, a covenant between radically different partners.
Bad human communication leaves us less room to grow.
The Church exists to connect people at the level of their hunger for a new world.
A flourishing, morally credible media is a vital component in the maintenance of genuinely public talk, argument about common good.
My visit this autumn is an opportunity to continue that rich tradition of visits between Canterbury and Rome.
In loving his own productive, generative, generous love, God loves all those ways in which that love can be realised in creation.
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