Wednesday, March 16, 2011

QUOTATION: God and Freedom

The German Jesuit, Alfred Delp, who was executed by the Nazis, once wrote: “Bread is important, freedom is more important, but most important of all is unbroken fidelity and faithful adoration.”

When this ordering of goods is no longer respected, but turned on its head, the result is not justice or concern for human suffering. The result is rather ruin and destruction even of material good themselves. When God is regarded as a secondary matter that can be set aside temporarily on account of more important things, it is precisely these supposedly more important things that come to nothing. It is not just the negative outcome of the Marxist experiment that proves this.

--Pope Benedict XVI, Jesus of Nazareth.