Dostoyevsky once asked, “Can a cultured man, a European of our day, believe, really believe in the divinity of Christ, the Son of God?”
Giussani raises a similar question:
“How can those who encounter Jesus Christ a day, a month, a hundred, a thousand or two thousand years after His disappearance from earthly horizons be enabled to realize that He corresponds to the truth which He claims? … How can I, who arrived the day after Christ left, know that this is really something of supreme interest to me, and how can I know this with any reasonable degree of certainty?… It is important, therefore, that he who comes after the event of Jesus of Nazareth–a long time after–may draw near to Him today in such a way as to arrive at a reasonable and certain evaluation befitting the seriousness of the problem.” (Why the Church)
These are the pressing questions of our age. Why should modern man, who is seemingly self-sufficient, bother with Jesus? What use is that ancient-of-days Catholic Church?
Nietzsche said, “If we eliminate Christ, we kill God.” How very insightful. If the secular world can succeed in illustrating Christ’s irrelevance, than God dies – we are seeing it in the West, right before our eyes.
The problem is, Christ claimed to be relevant to every aspect of man’s life for all time: “I am the way, the truth and life” (Jn. 14:6); “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and they know me” (Jn. 10:14); “I came that they might have life, and have it abundantly” (Jn. 10:10); “I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Mt. 28:20).
Herein lies the purpose and mission of this site – reestablishing Christ as the beginning and end of life’s venture. In a time when Christianity is reduced (often a self-inflicted reduction), and science lays claim to answer every problem of man (often causing more uncertainty and risk), we seek understanding, meaning, and long for certainty. And, we believe that this certainty has come to us, and is alive in the Church – this is the Christian event.
“Certainty comes as the consequence of an experience lived within the Church as such. Lived experience means to be immersed in a present that involves our whole personality, engaging all the factors that make up a human being. It is the evidence of a living experience. And no proposal or experience exists that corresponds to the factors making up the self in a way that can be compared to the Christian experience.” (Why the Church)
Brothers and sisters, let us see and judge, that we might grow in understanding and freedom. Let’s move past learning a lot of stuff about Christ, and instead know Him.