Summary of SCG 3.59

Thanking the good Lord for 41 years which have passed in what seems like a quarter of an hour, I offer you this loose paraphrase of the Angelic Doctor:

Our minds desire to know and understand. We will not be satisfied until we know and understand everything. In heaven, we will.


We cannot know and understand God Himself, His goodness, His power. He is infinite–beyond the measure of our minds. We cannot know why He made the world, you, me. We cannot understand His reasons for treating us with mercy.

So, yes: Our desire to know and understand outstrips all our other desires and defines who we really are. We can, with the help of God, clear away all our silly penchants for anything less than the truth. Then the desire to know, which moves beneath our fleeting appetites, will propel us to God.

But our acquiring minds do not move at the absolute center of our existential gravity.

In heaven, may it please Him we get there, we will delight in understanding why shrimp swim the ocean waters, why Mars has two moons, why so-and-so did such-and-such.

But the whys and wherefores will have an end. One thing, however, will have no end: our adoration of the infinite Love behind it all, Whom we will never understand.

Desire for knowledge runs pretty deep. Worship of the One Who blows our minds–that runs even deeper.

…Thank you very much for all the kind birthday wishes. The kudos there are really due to my mommy.

5 thoughts on “Summary of SCG 3.59

  1. What a wonderful mommy she is, too! Happy Birthday to you! And, “great job” to the one who did all the work! 🙂

    Prayers and thanksgiving for both you and your mom today!

  2. Father Mark,

    How about born anew each day. Some of us need it!

    Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary.



  3. For your mom today~

    “A mother is the most important person on earth. She cannot claim the honor of having built Notre Dame Cathedral. She need not. She has built something more magnificent than any Cathedral — a dwelling for an immortal soul, the tiny perfection of her baby’s body.” — Joseph Cardinal Mindszenty

  4. Aww! Happy birthday! Your mom did an awesomeness job! She gave birth to and raised the Father we all know and love!

  5. Well, we missed the Birthday Date, not having known about it, but we certainly want to wish Fr. Mark a Belated Happy Birthday. We do enjoy celebrations.

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