If it proves true that the co-pilot deliberately flew the plane into a mountainside, as the evidence increasingly seems to suggest, we'll have horror mounted on horror: a seemingly ordinary man who, with a high degree of professionalism and sang froid , used one of the great modern technological marvels — a passenger jet — to kill himself and people, screaming as they descended, whom he didn't even know. Psychological analysis will ensue — fine so far as it goes, which is not very far, especially in cases like this, which make a jihadist carrying out a fatwa look like the very soul of reason. Psychology, of a crude and narrow kind, is as much as we allow ourselves in "investigating" such evils and their effects. You may have noticed: Even before the cockpit recorder had been examined, psychological counselors were dispatched to help victims' families. Rescue teams — but also many journalists, and politicians — were all over the accident scene.
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On the mysterium iniquitatis
It was a toss-up, yesterday, whether I would post something on the Ukraine issue or on the meaning of iniquity. Jesus taught the secret of dying at the right time as the secret of true freedom. This makes all the difference whether one is the master of time or its slave.
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Pablo Picasso The instinctual perspective Mary Midgley , pp. But his views have been largely ignored or misunderstood.
Reason alone cannot fully grasp the gravity of sin and recourse to the Holy Spirit and the Cross of Christ is necessary because there is, in fact, a two-fold aspect to any serious sin: a natural aspect and the more significant supernatural aspect of which reason is ignorant. Keywords: mortal sin , mystery of iniquity , mystery of piety , mysterium iniquitatis , mysterium pietatis , Holy Spirit , loss of sense of sin , Andrew M. In dealing with human sin--the "mystery of iniquity"--we are dealing with a mystery, which means something that exceeds the grasp of reason alone. According to John Paul II, this "mystery of iniquity" is opposed by yet another mystery, another truth inaccessible to reason: the "mystery of piety" mysterium pietatis , that is to say, the entirety of Catholic truth and practice.