Thursday, 16 July 2015

"That's Human Nature" — On Perfect Humanity

"La Petite Gourmande," Pierre Lussier, 1945
Last night I was deep into reading 33 Doctors of the Church by Fr. Christopher Rengers, O.F.M.Cap on the entry about St. Catherine of Siena, and I stumbled across this passage that I found worthy of note. I decided to share it here for you readers, fellow spiritual pilgrims, and also for myself, to make it easier for me to locate it later on :) I found great truth and encouragement in it, and I hope you will too!
The Saints were always the most human of all people because they comformed themselves most perfectly and in the most ordered fashion to reality as God made it. They were the most human because in that reality were included the truest, most perfect and highest ideals. They were most human because they won a victory over human weaknesses, which work to prevent a full flowering of ordered love. The expression, "That's human nature," has its real, its true, its fullest meaning in the person of a saint, for a saint has achieved perfection according to the divinely created order which Almighty God built into human nature when He created it. Most often, the phrase, "That's human nature," is used to explain and excuse weakness and lack of fidelity in people. However, what would be more accurate would be to say, "That's fallen human nature, not cooperating with the graces of Redemption obtained for man by Jesus Christ."

The true fullness of human nature within a person demands a victory of the higher faculties and aspirations over the lower. Perfect humanity will be, within its limits, a perfect reflection of the Creator. Man being made in the image and likeness of God, those who are truly the most human are those who portray that image and likeness most perfectly—following the injunction of our divine Savior, "Be you therefore perfect, as also your heavenly Father is perfect." (Matt. 5:48).

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing this beautiful insight :)

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