Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Zangerle on the sole point of Christian culture

"The Christian may first quit the battlefield of the world when the Lord comes. Until then he must do everything [he can] to shape this world in a Christian fashion [(christlich)]. Activity like this is no end-in-itself. All Christian culture . . . has only th[is] single point: to facilitate the home-turning of as many souls as possible into the Father's house, into the Church"; to facilitate the assumption of "the whole of humankind into the river of love that is the triune God [(in den Liebesstrom des dreieinigen Gottes)]".

     Ignaz Zangerle, "Zur situation der Kirche," Der Brenner 14 (1933/34): 77. This shouldn't be given an escapist sense.

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