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Aug 1, 2011

I hope you find this as inspiring as I do. Julian Carron is the President of the Fraternity of Communion & Liberation.

Alfa and Omega

Meeting something that corresponds to our expectation
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Julián Carrón
When I think of a young person today on the threshold of life, I am seized by an infinite tenderness. How will he find  his bearings in this Babel full of opportunities and challenges in which  he will have to live? You just have to watch television, or visit a newsagents or a bookshop to see what he finds on offer. It is very hard to make the right choice.
But if, on the one hand, it is moving to think of a young person facing such a challenge, I am even more astounded by the fact that the One who placed us in reality had no qualms about running such a risk. He went so  far as to  scandalize those who  would  like to  spare themselves and  others, children, friends, and others, this risk.
The Mystery, however has not launched us into the adventure of life without providing us with a compass with which to find our bearings. This compass is the heart. In our epoch, the heart has been reduced to a feeling, a question of mood, but we can all recognize in our experience that the heart does not allow itself to be reduced, it will not be conformed to anything. “Men and women were created  for something great, for infinity. Nothing else will ever be enough.” The Pope says in his Message, and we know it very well.
So whoever takes his heart seriously, made as it is for what is great, begins to have a criterion for judging  the truth or the falsity  of whatever proposal dawns on  the horizon  of his life. “You  are constantly being offered easier choices, but you yourselves know that these are ultimately deceptive and cannot bring you serenity and joy.”
Is there something great enough to satisfy our deepest needs, that can answer our longing, as great as infinity? Many will answer that something like this does not exist, given the delusion they have often  experienced, in  putting  their hope in  something  that was destined  to  disappoint them. But none of us can do without hope. Is this expectation irrational? So why do we hope? Because it is the most rational thing to do. None of us can affirm with certainty that it does not exist. We will discover that it exists only  if we get the opportunity  to  meet something  that truly corresponds to our expectation. Like the first people who met Jesus: “We have never seen anything like it.”
From the moment this fact entered  history, no  one who  heard  of it was able to ignore it. All the skepticism of the world cannot eliminate it from the face of the earth. 
It will remain there, on the horizon of his life, like a promise which represents the greatest challenge he had to face. “Whoever follows me will receive a hundredfold, and will inherit eternal life.” Only those who have the courage to verify in life the promise contained in the Christian announcement will be able to  discover that it is able to correspond to  his expectation. Without this verification, there cannot be a faith  adequate to  man’s rational nature, that is, a faith  able to  go  on  being interesting for him.

Julián Carrón

President of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation
http://clonline.ca/en/articles/alfa-and-omega

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