What is our future? Little is said about it except in technical terms. Saving the planet, the evolution of the web, biotechnology ... All things that concern the future but do not exhaust it: they concern the new but not the future in a broad sense. What will we have in the heart in the future? what will the human community be like? Will there still be wars in the West?
There is talk of novelty but of hope. The climate of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was very different. Back then the idea of progress seemed compelling: a golden season for mankind was ahead. Two terrible wars in the West did not serve to quench hope in progress even if they constituted a terrible denial of the rosy expectations of the turn of the century. Nonetheless, from the rubble of the war there has continued to be hope for a better world, in a reconciled West, in a more concordant humanity. When did hope end? Perhaps from the great disillusionment since the '68 when the fantasy in power and the flowers in the cannons did not produce any of the improvements hoped for or perhaps, closer to us, after the 2008 financial crisis that has not yet ended, at least in Italy. America closes in on itself and glares at the rest of the world, Europe seems a technocracy without heart and without understanding ... why then do you think of the new but not of the future full of hope?
Let's face it, despite the censorship imposed by the dominant culture: the cause of the crisis that grips the western world, and which is reflected on the rest of the globe, is the abandonment of Christianity. Western civilization, so human compared to the fierce pagan civilization, was born of faith. So many deviations, so many ugliness, so many sins there were, but there was faith as a driving force. The civil life that revived around the monasteries, the splendor of knowledge of the universities founded by Franciscans and Dominicans, the architecture of Divine Comedy and the wonders of the Renaissance arise from there. Only from there. «I am the vine and you are the branches» (Gv 15,5). If you cut the vine, the branches wither. No fruit. This is what is happening.
"Does man need God or are things going well enough without him?": This is the question Benedict XVI asked himself during a catechesis. "In a first phase of the absence of God, when his light still continues to send its reflections and holds together the order of human existence, one gets the impression that things work quite well even without God. the more the world moves away from God, the more it becomes clear that man ... "loses" his life more and more. "
Those who have faith must show by facts that the Christian way of life is the most human. I must first lose all restraint in making it clear that the creature in tune with the Creator is really well. Enough caution, it is time to proclaim from the roofs what we have heard from the words of Jesus.
We should study in schools the address that Benedict XVI gave to the world of culture in Paris on September 12, 2008. A speech that ends with a significant phrase: "What founded the culture of Europe, the search for God and the willingness to listening to Him remains the foundation of every true culture today. " The need to summarize such a vast topic means that each paragraph deserves to be carefully read and meditated on. The Pope speaks of a past that ties back to late Roman times, yet his speech is of such relevance as to make some of the present uncomfortable who had opposed the mention of the Christian roots of Europe in the drafting of the European Constitution (which never came to the final edition). But this is not just a historical clarification, the Pope points out the way out of the current crisis of western culture, taking inspiration from the attitude of the monks. For them, the study of the word was the way to draw on the Word of God Jesus and the work was the continuation of creation. "It is part of monasticism," said Benedict XVI, "together with the culture of the word, a culture of work, without which the development of Europe, its ethos (lifestyle) and its formation of the world are unthinkable. This ethos it should however include the will to make man's work and determination of history be a collaboration with the Creator, taking the measure from Him. Where this measure fails and man elevates himself to a deiform creator, the formation of the world can easily be transformed into its destruction. " In other words: when the relationship with God is neglected, catastrophe is encountered. Perhaps this is the reason why today we talk about the new but we don't talk about the future.
What can Christians do today? The answers come from faith. First of all trust in Providence and pray. The second answer is that the life of the Christian soul resembles that of the body: it needs nutrition. Today we know a lot about diets, suitable foods and supplements ... We are more or less toned, well-trained and with the right weight (to which we aspire in vain). Conversely, my spiritual life, before meeting a saint, was in a state of malnutrition from Sahel (food crisis and drought). I need the advice of the doctor (spiritual direction and Confession), the restorative food (the Eucharist), to attend the right friends (Jesus, the Holy Spirit, Mary and the saints), have a vision of the world (continuous reading of the Gospels and of the founding books of Christianity, from Saint Augustine to Joseph Ratzinger) with a solid social culture suited to the times (social doctrine of the Church). With this power I will be capable of the fundamental commitment of the Christian: knowing how to love ("from this they will recognize that you are my disciples").
Knowing how to love is an art that influences family life, my work and my relationship with the world. It is an art that you never stop learning, but it is the one that characterizes the style of the Christian "people on the move". There is no need to improvise political parties. The example of Jesus is needed, with the help of Jesus. After that Providence will provide.