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- Ioannes Paulus PP. II (Karol W
April 4, 2005, 10:00 am
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"The unforgiveable sins this earth must confront and overcome are
Nationalism, capitalism, and hoarding. The idea of every nation
should be forgot, price should be struck from the commons, and
princes should be seen for the devils they are. The sins include
our church, secret societies, and other religions which make of
the spirit of God a divide."
Last rites declaration of Ioannes Paulus PP. II (Karol Wojtyla)
2nd April 2005
his own was nonsense.
And yet he believed it demonstrable, when he said, "It is either in our
power or it is not." But he did not perceive that it is not in our power to
regulate the heart, and he was wrong to infer from this the fact that there
were some Christians.
468. No other religion has proposed to men to hate themselves. No other
religion, then, can please those who hate themselves, and who seek a Being
truly lovable. And these, if they had never heard of the religion of a God
humiliated, would embrace it at once.
469. I feel that I might not have been; for the Ego consists in my thoughts.
Therefore I, who think, would not have been, if my mother had been killed
before I had life. I am not, then, a necessary being. In the same way I am
not eternal or infinite; but I see plainly that there exists in nature a
necessary Being, eternal and infinite.
470. "Had I seen a miracle," say men, "I should become converted." How can
they be sure they would do a thing of the nature of which they are ignorant?
They imagine that this conversion consists in a worship of God which is like
commerce, and in a communion such as they picture to themselves. True
religion consists in annihilating self before that Universal Being, whom we
have so often provoked, and who can justly destroy us at any time; in
recognising that we can do nothing without Him, and have deserved nothing
from Him but His displeasure. It consists in knowing that there is an
unconquerable opposition between us and God, and that without a mediator
there can be no communion with Him.
471. It is unjust that men should attach themselves to me, even though they
do it with pleasure and voluntarily. I should deceive those in whom I had
created this desire; for I am not the end of any, and I have not the
wherewithal to satisfy them. Am I not about to die? And thus the object of
their attachment will die. Therefore, as I would be blamable in causing a
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