The wholeness of holiness…

One of Frank L. Sheed’s most popular books, and the one I think he considered his Meisterwerk, is Theology and Sanity. His thesis therein is, roughly, that right theology is the way to achieve right understanding of God, and, in turn, to have knowledge of God is the path to a sanitary destiny, i.e. to total sanity, i.e. to complete sanctity. There is a similar lexical link between wholeness and holiness, as well as between truth and loyalty. In the same vein, here’s a tiny riff of mine based on this comment at my self-introduction page:

It’s an interesting lexical issue, how “one,” “holy,” and “catholic” might all be rendered into the same concept, “whole” (or “full”). Hence: “I believe in the whole (or wholly) apostolic Church,” i.e. the Church that wholly captures and preserves the experience had by and the graces given to the Apostles by their intimate union with Jesus, the Incarnate Word. By being united with the “wholly Apostolic” Church, we can come as close to the same experience of our Lord, as far as I our eternal destiny is concerned, as they did.



About The Codgitator (a cadgertator)

Catholic convert. Quasi-Zorbatic. Freelance interpreter, translator, and web marketer. Former ESL teacher in Taiwan (2003-2012) and former public high school teacher (2012-2014). Married father of three. Multilingual, would-be scholar, and fairly consistent fitness monkey. My research interests include: the interface of religion and science, the history and philosophy of science and technology, ancient and medieval philosophy, and cognitive neuroscience. Please pray for me.
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8 Responses to The wholeness of holiness…

  1. Brock Fowler says:

    I’ve always defined “orthodox” as simply believing that the Church is who She claims to be…and all that necessarily fallows from that statement.

  2. graywills says:

    I couldn’t agree more. Catholic orthodoxy has an amazing opportunity at this time to bring universal wholeness into reality, in a world so desperate for love. ” … sanitary destiny, i.e. to total sanity, i.e. to complete sanctity.” = wonderful explanation. I will meditate on that this ( appropriately ) Feast of All Saints. Great!

  3. graywills says:

    If we make contact with the depths within us we discover that we are not just autonomous, isolated persons. Each of us, in this mystery of Christ dwelling in our hearts, is called to love and to be loved beyond all division.

  4. mortimer zilch says:

    aah, Frank Sheed. Thanks for reminding me (us). “Theology and Sanity” has moved right to the top of my reading list. Along with Bishop Fulton Sheen, Frank Sheed was a voice of clarity, with a calmness in it that came from deep inside. Right now I am reading Karl Stern’s “Love and Success”. A great convert, Stern was also a voice of reasoned faith able to speak from fire tried depth. How were these voices forged? And who are our contemporary voices?

  5. graywills says:

    I know nothing of or about Karl Stern. I should get to know him? Add another book to the mountain of unread beside my bed!

  6. He’s good. Try to get a copy of his conversion book with the preface by Fr. Jaki. He was, of course, utterly villified by Jews then and now for his “opportunistic” conversion. But of course, at some level, every conversion is opportunistic. 😉

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