Saturday, August 13, 2005

Am I a False or an Imperfect Sign?

Recent events appear to have inspired an unusually profound essay at Disputations -- one of the more serious blogs on the Catholic faith.

This paragraph by John Da Fiesole goes straight to the heart of the outrage Catholics feel regarding these increasingly common Scandals Du Jour:

"Humans love truth, so we hate falsehood, so we hate someone who represents himself as a sign of Christ but whose life does not signify Him. Christians, perhaps, hate such false signs all the more in that they are false, not merely to someone admirable, but to Truth Himself."

Da Fiesole says that all apostles would do well to remember that they are imperfect signs of Jesus: "The apostle necessarily signifies Christ; his choice is whether to be an imperfect sign or a false sign."