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Α leap of faith
The tragedy of easy Christianity is that existence has ceased to be an adventure and a constant risk in the presence of God but has become a form of morality and a doctrinal system.
This is just paganism, “cheap” Christianity, with neither cost nor pain.
It is like war games, in which armies move and there is a great deal of noise, but there is no real risk or pain—and no real victory.
The above reflections are of the Danish Philosopher, theologian and poet and father of Existentialism Søren Kierkergaard (1813-1855).
Kierkegaard became increasingly convinced that his calling was in “making Christianity difficult.” He was to remind people of his day that to be truly Christian, one must become aware of the cost of faith and pay the price.
Kierkegaard, confronted with the problems of everyday human existence which are not free from pain and adversity, realizes that there is no authentic Christian life without embracing the cross.
The Church should help the single individual to make a leap of faith, the faith that God is love and has a task for that very same single individual.
It must be noted that Kierkegaard did not have behind him the solid and rich support of the Catholic faith and tradition, as he belonged to the Danish State Church, however, he strove admirably for the light of Christ to be seen and acknowledged in the depths of every human existence.
Did you know…
The verb to exist comes from the Latin existere, composed of two words, namely ex (=from) + sistere (root sta-, to stand.
The above indicates that in the collective thought and experience of our language, the “collective unconscious” as C. G. Jung might say, admits that our existence comes from somewhere else, from a principle outside our grasp and control.
Obvious as it may be, it is always interesting to stop and examine the origin of the words in everyday use.
Certain of their meaning, we discover a wealth of hidden information, through etymology, which most often clarifies the rich ground upon which our language grew and developed, as well as the thought processes which helped form it.
Our very own path
Camille Pissarro (1830-1903) was a Danish-French impressionist painter, who brought to the fore, like none other, the beauty of the French countryside by his wonderful tableaux.
He very often portrays roads; country roads leading on to comfortable solid looking houses, or to villages, or traversing fields and valleys, or even city roads.
His work “breaths” an atmosphere of peace and serenity, beauty and security.
“Following” his roads we enter into a landscape full of colour and harmony between the rhythms of nature and human activity.
If for some, the human adventure needs the passion of hope for the strife to the end with all the pain and sacrifice this entails, (S. Kierkegaard), for all and everyone, this world came out of the Creator’s hands in love, and it remains a constant reminder that “all is very well”!
Let us, then, tread on our very own path with courage and confidence, with faith and hope and with the joy of the presence of God in our life, the life of His Church and the whole universe.
Aarhus, cultural capital of Europe 2017 with Paphos
Founded in the early Viking Age, Aarhus is one of the oldest cities in Denmark. Aarhus’ first church, the Holy Trinity Church, was a timber structure built around 900 A.D. The bishopric of Aarhus dates back to at least 948.
The growing influence of the Church during the Middle Ages gradually turned Aarhus, with its bishopric, into a prosperous religious centre. Many public and religious buildings were built in and around the city, like Aarhus Cathedral (see photo), in the late 12th century, by the influential bishop Peder Vognsen.
Aarhus has a population of 261,570 on 91 km2. The population of Aarhus is both younger and better educated than the national average which can be attributed to the high concentration of educational institutions.
The economy of Aarhus is predominantly knowledge and service based, strongly influenced by the University of Aarhus and the large healthcare industry. The Port of Aarhus is one of the largest industrial ports in northern Europe.
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