Searching for Our Human Face: The Singularity of the Singular

Eclectic Orthodoxy

by Brian C. Moore, Ph.D.


There are enduring responses to human wretchedness. Prayer and acts of compassion may certainly draw one out from anomie. They may not work. Prayer is itself far more inscrutable than typical religious manuals may indicate. It may take a lifetime to come close to approaching a proper prayer – and there is something absolutely singular and incommensurable in such prayer, even as it is also equally communal, a joyous amen that sings in the heart of creation. Preparation for that unique prayer is encountered in what Balthasar called “the relative absolutes”: death, a great love, art. These are experiences that can take us outside our habitual “just so,” can briefly reveal an infinite, terrifying abyss, or a mystery of life that is unremarked in ordinary living. There is a famous passage by Sartre where he examines the powerful presence of the absent friend, Pierre. Everyone…

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One Response to Searching for Our Human Face: The Singularity of the Singular

  1. Matthew Hryniewicz says:

    “What is a whyless why? It’s love. “But do not rush to the conclusion that you know what love is” (Henri de Lubac).”

    That is simply wonderful. While it is not inappropriate for us to ask why we love in our human ways, I’m getting the sense that to ask of perfect Love “why?” is like asking God why he exists.

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