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Stoicism, martyrdom and Easter

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Michael Sean Winters of National Catholic Reporter begins the day with his Easter column. He highlights martyrdom (as opposed to stoicism), the teachings of Hans Urs von Balthasar and his discomfort with the modern culture of comfort. You can read his column at http://ncronline.org/blogs/distinctly-catholic/christos-aneste-0. Indeed, reading it first explains why I craft my comments, so please do so. Here are those comments.

Sadly, stoics not only embraced Christianity - they have been trying to take it over for 1700 years, if not longer. In the so called modern age (all ages think they are modern, and are at the time), we are escaping from this - with Victorianism being the latest incarnation. That should not be the way for Christians, however. Christians have a savior who promises a yoke which is easy and a burden which is light (a verse which undoubtedly kept caused the Church to ban the venacular scriptures until the enlightenment and the reformation made it impractical). Indeed, a morality based on that verse is much more humane and natural law based then recent popes would like - and by natural law, I mean what any person can conclude, not what the Curia mandates in a new Talmud).

The Ressurection confirms that the Jesus who drank of the fruit of the vine on the cross after he calls out to Elijah was not condemned nor was he a sacrifice to a God demanding justice. Rather, he was a God martyring his ego so that he could feel what we feel, offering his blood in Eucharist so that we may be complete in our forgiveness. Thus can all people join with them in their abandonment, from the penitent practicing self-mortification to the alcoholic who is mortified enough and seeks a higher power to relieve his insanity. We no longer seek a scape goat to sacrifice, we join the sacrifice of Christ who suffered as we suffer when God seems far away. The resurrection shows he is right here.

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