You are here: Home Articles English The Business of Life

casorosendi.com

aut viam inveniam aut faciam.

The Business of Life

E-mail Print PDF

I enjoyed reading The Coming Age of the Laity by Christopher Manion, and I would like to add one small thing that may be useful. Far from me to even compare myself to a writer and thinker of that caliber, I am only adding my two cents or rather two cents that I found along the way while catechizing myself.

My saints of Baptism and Confirmation are the first clue: St. Augustine of Hippo, and St. Isidore of Seville. Both of them lived at the end of the Roman world order and both took care of leaving a legacy strong enough to build the Christian order of the Middle Ages. Some of their charism must have rubbed on me. A friend of mine wrote these very telling verses:

While the world rages
Carlos reads pages
About unknown sages
Of the Middle Ages

Someone told me that my friend may have plagiarized one of the Inklings but that story is for another day. The truth is that the end of the Roman Empire came less because Rome was out of energy or ideas and more because the Christian order was ready to shed its host and live on its own. All the persecutions were in vain. The more the Romans killed Christians, the more Rome debilitated. The end was inevitable not because the Romans were weak but because their institutions were basically an "old wineskin" and the force of the "new wine" burst through them with unstoppable force. I agree with Nietzsche that Christianity was what killed the ancient world. But I think the ancient world needed killing and Nietzsche would probably disagree with me on that.

Our Holy Father chose the name Benedict. I believe there is a strong reason why the Holy Spirit guided him to be named so in his first decision as Bishop of Rome. Why? Because St. Benedict was a builder of both the Church and of the then incipient Christian order. Many things started right there. The old Roman inventions were perfected and modified to suit new tasks. The monks i.e. drained swamps across Europe using ancient inventions. The monasteries invented new wines and perfected beer, new forms of preserving food, thousands of varieties of cheese, bread, preserved meats. In the process of financing their own operations they invented the hotel for weary pilgrims, the pub, and the hospital. They advanced metallurgy and chemistry... etc. etc.

They did that because the faithful could not support them. The faithful simply lived in a collapsed economy. The prince was not a friend in many cases because the monks often chastised the noble and their public sins. So in the process of spreading Christianity through Europe they were forced or rather they run into problems that forced them to be inventive and resourceful, hence Champagne and English Ale, better pumps, better leather wear, knives, pots, pans, etc. The new economy was born.

The faithful continued to support the Church the best they could but in reality the monks strove to be self-sufficient and that was their genius: to allow Divine Providence and the Holy Spirit to "renew the face of the Earth" with monks as willing instruments of God's genius. In doing so they inadvertently laid the foundations of the European hegemony: the Church created the West.

When Joseph Ratzinger took the name Benedict to reign over Christ's Church he sent a hidden signal that the Modern World was as good as dead. This abomination that calls itself Postmodernism is nothing but the apotheosis of Modernism. Modernism specialized over 500 years in one product: death. It is in the nature of the culture of death to die after having killed as much as possible: "And unless those days had been shortened, no flesh should be saved," Jesus warned us of the powerful thirst for killing that this monster was going to have.

Like the first Benedict, this last one has been engaged in a titanic struggle to renew the Church and the world. If this is going to be the Age of the Laity we have to do like the monks of old and throw ourselves at the task of renewing the culture by seeing the problem with new eyes. We have to innovate. We have to drain this enormous swamp using the latest tools and even improving those tools. In the process we shall solve new problems and moved by the Holy Spirit we will be able to lay the foundations of the world to come while the old world crumbles all around us. The futile enterprise of Modernism started dying in 1968 when it turned its disorderly appetites on itself. If it is going to kick the bucket in ten minutes or ten years it is none of our business because we have more important things to do. Let the dead bury their dead, we are in the business of life.


This article was prepared for you by dedicated folks who work for this site, some of them are unemployed due to the current economy. Please consider making a small donation via Pay-Pal to help us help them. Click HERE to donate. No amount is too small!


Last Updated ( Sunday, 13 October 2013 22:54 )  

Odeon

Must Read

Gun Control in the Third Reich: Disarming the Jews and Enemies of the State by Stephen P. Halbrook. Based on newly-discovered, secret documents from German archives, diaries and newspapers of the time, Gun Control in the Third Reich presents the definitive, yet hidden history of how the Nazi regime made use of gun control to disarm and repress its enemies and consolidate power. The countless books on the Third Reich and the Holocaust fail even to mention the laws restricting firearms ownership, which rendered political opponents and Jews defenseless.
No Crueler Tyrannies by Dorothy Rabinowitz. In this book, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Dorothy Rabinowitz re-frames the facts, reconsiders the evidence, and demystifies the proceedings of some of America's most harrowing cases of failed justice. Recalling the hysteria that accompanied the child sex-abuse witch-hunts of the 1980s and 1990s, Rabinowitz's investigative study brings to life many alarming examples of prosecutorial terrors. By turns a shocking exposé, a much-needed postmortem, and a required-reading assignment for prosecutors and judges alike, No Crueler Tyrannies is ultimately an inspiring book about the courage of ordinary citizens who believe in the American judicial system enough to fight for due process.
The Mind That Is Catholic: Philosophical & Political Essays by Fr. James V. Schall. The author is a treasure of the Catholic intellectual tradition. A prolific author and essayist, Schall readily connects with his readers on sundry topics from war to friendship, philosophy, politics, and to ordinary everyday living. In his newest work, The Mind That Is Catholic, he presents a retrospective collection of his academic and literary essays written in the past fifty years. In each essay, he exemplifies the Catholic mind at its best - seeing the whole, leaving nothing out.
Knowledge and Power: The Information Theory of Capitalism and How it is Revolutionizing our World by George Gilder. Gilder breaks away from the supply-side model of economics to present a new economic paradigm: the epic conflict between the knowledge of entrepreneurs on one side, and the blunt power of government on the other. One of the twentieth century’s defining economic minds has returned with a new philosophy to carry us into the twenty-first. Knowledge and Power is a must-read for fiscal conservatives, business owners, CEOs, investors, and anyone interested in propelling America’s economy to future success.
The Evidential Power of Beauty: Science and Theology Meet by Fr. Thomas Dubay, S.M. "This is as complete a theology of beauty in one simple volume as I know, uniting Christian theology, modern science, and daily experience—a sort of von Balthasar for the masses. It vastly expands our understanding beyond 'aesthetics', and shows us how nearly right Keats was in saying 'Beauty is truth, truth is beauty.'" Peter Kreeft, Professor of Philosophy at Boston College and The King's College.
Reasonable Pleasures: The Strange Coherences of Catholicism by Fr. James Schall SJ. "A timely treatise when the sources of our being, and indeed of our culture, are challenged on a daily basis. Schall is one of the foremost Catholic intellectuals of our day." Jude Dougherty, Dean Emeritus, Philosophy Department, Catholic University of America.
America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It by Mark Steyn. Mark Steyn predicted collapse for the rest of the Western World. Now, he adds, America has caught up with Europe on the great rush to self-destruction. It’s not just our looming financial collapse; it’s not just a culture that seems on a fast track to perdition, full of hapless, indulgent, childish people who think government has the answer for every problem; it’s not just America’s potential eclipse as a world power because of the drunken sailor policymaking in Washington— No, it’s all this and more that spells one word for America: Armageddon.
1492 And All That by Robert Royal. Readers will learn a great deal, and an honest appraisal of the Catholic Church's true history, not the gunk that passes for such as found in too many college and university courses. Royal argues that the values and beliefs actually held by America's original cultures are being misrepresented. They are merely, he contends, remoldings of ancient Native beliefs in order to fit a modern agenda. His contentions are supported with detailed examples of pre-Columbian Native customs and behaviors.
American Betrayal by Diana West, lights up the massive, Moscow-directed penetration of America’s most hallowed halls of power, revealing not just the familiar struggle between Communism and the Free World, but the hidden war between those wishing to conceal the truth and those trying to expose the increasingly official web of lies. American Betrayal is America’s lost history.
My Peace I Give You by Dawn Eden. The author of the bestselling The Thrill of the Chaste, shows how the lives of the saints have given her hope and aided her journey of spiritual healing after childhood sexual abuse. One in four American women and one in six American men report having been sexually abused during childhood and My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints provides a much-needed resource for spiritual healing from the isolating effects of these wounds. This new book has the makings of a classic. A true must read.
Civilization. The West and the Rest by Niall Ferguson. The author of the highly readable The Ascent of Money is magnificent at marshaling a wide range of knowledge to support his opinions. This book is an incisive analysis of the past, a reassessment of the historical developments of the last 500 years that should inform us as we move into the future.
Heaven In Our Hands by Benedict Groeschel. Father Benedict Groeschel believes that we've lost touch with how revolutionary the Beatitudes really are! The plain but astounding truth is that the Beatitudes reveal to us the very heart of God.
The Devil's Delusion by David Berlinski. Berlinski delivers a biting defense of religious thought, daring to ask and answer some rather embarrassing questions.
Mexifornia : A State of a Becoming by Victor Davis Hanson. A revealing look at the changing face of California paints a clear but rather glum picture at the Golden State's future prospects.
Intellectual Morons by Daniel Flynn. Why do smart people fall for stupid ideas? "Intellectual Morons," are smart people who make themselves stupid by letting "ideology do their thinking." Flynn lambastes a series of prominent leftist "gurus" and the ideological movements they inspired.
Demonic by Ann Coulter. How Liberals are endangering America. Sweeping in its scope and relentless in its argument, this book explains the peculiarities of liberals as standard groupthink behavior. To understand mobs is to understand liberals.
How The Catholic Church Built Western Civilization by Thomas E. Woods Jr. For readers looking to defend Western Civilization and their faith.
Dismantling America and Other Controversial Essays by Thomas Sowell. A straightforward and honest discussion of the origins of our current crisis.
There Is No Alternative: Why Margaret Thatcher Matters by Claire Berlinsky. A biographical account of the premiership of Margaret Thatcher.
The Enemy at Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11 by Dinesh D'Souza. The left is waging an aggressive global campaign to undermine the traditional patriarchal family, provoking a violent reaction from Muslims who believe their way of life is under assault. Further, the cultural left has encouraged radical factions to attack the United States in the belief that they can do so with relative impunity.

Latest Articles

Popular Articles

Published Elsewhere

About the Author

Carlos Caso-Rosendi Real progress consists in the movement of mankind toward the understanding of norms, and toward conformity to norms. Real decadence consists in the movement of mankind away from the understanding of norms, and away from obedience to norms. Russell Kirk, Enemies of the Permanent Things, 1969