Wednesday, December 29, 2010

At the bottom of the cup

Benedict XVI's conversation with journalist Peter Seewald, Light of the World, is a wonderful window into the mind and soul of a humble, brilliant, wise, compassionate pastor. In this it is like the earlier conversations in the series, Salt of the Earth and God and the World. The latest book shows how the pope, vilified for years by the mainstream media of the U.S. and Europe, slandered by the anti-Catholic Catholics who lie in wait looking for every opportunity to pounce on him, and leading a Church in crisis, bears the heavy burdens of the most important office on earth.

More on all that later. For now, I just want to bookmark my favorite quote in the book. It comes not from the pope himself, but from Peter Seewald quoting the Nobel prizewinning physicist Werner Heisenberg:

The first swallow from the cup of the natural sciences makes atheists--but at the bottom of the cup God is waiting.

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