Thursday, June 30, 2005

Romano Guardini on the Antichrist

There are many Catholics (even a majority today) who scoff at the idea of Antichrist. These unfortunate souls have succumbed to rationalism and have rejected a truly supernatural faith based upon Sacred Scripture and Tradition. The Fathers of the Church were unanimous in their acceptance of a personal Man of Sin who will reveal himself and demand that worship which belongs to God alone.

Romano Guardini, one of the greatest Catholic writers of his day and a man known and respected for his incredible intellect and profound spirituality, had this to say on the subject:

"One day the Antichrist will come: a human being who introduces an order of things in which rebellion against God will attain its ultimate power. He will be filled with enlightenment and strength. The ultimate aim of all aims will be to prove that existence without Christ is possible - nay rather, that Christ is the enemy of existence, which can be fully realized only when all Christian values have been destroyed. His arguments will be so impressive, supportd by means of such tremendous power - violent and diplomatic, material and intellectual - that to reject them will result in almost insurmountable scandal, and everyone whose eyes are not opened by grace will be lost. Then it will be clear what the Christian essence really is: that which stems not from the world, but from the heart of God; victory of grace over the world; redemption of the world, for her true essence is not to be found in herself, but in God, from whom she has received it. When God becomes all in all, the world will finally burst into flower."

- The Lord, p. 513

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