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 Post subject: Sacramental View of Creation
PostPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 3:31 pm 
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Can anyone explain, in the simplest of terms as if to the biggest square in all of North America, the sacramental view of creation in respect to Catholicism.

How does it relate to Catholic values of despising the world and poverty of spirit?

Maybe a bit unrelated, but if one were to have a choice between waiting inside a nice warm comfortable building and enduring the cold outside, both options have the same end results (i.e. you're just killing time till your train arrives),
which one is preferable? Could you not offer up standing out in the cold? It seems difficult to view a willful taking on of "meaningless" (note air quotes) suffering for no real benefit.

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 Post subject: Re: Sacramental View of Creation
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Since you are Roman Catholic, I am confused to whether or not your questions are rhetorical.

I think you already know the answers, at least from a birds-eye view.

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 Post subject: Re: Sacramental View of Creation
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It could also mean that he doesn't know the answers.

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 Post subject: Re: Sacramental View of Creation
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Forgive me for my post.

I get impatient over nothing when I dont get any sleep...I think I am going to go lay down...

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 Post subject: Re: Sacramental View of Creation
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How does it relate to Catholic values of despising the world and poverty of spirit?
You over-generalize these, I think, and use "world" too broadly. I'm working my way through a book of the spirituality of St. Thomas Aquinas, and he draws careful distinctions. Unfortunately they're not easy to summarize :(, but the sacramental view of creation does place a very definite limit on the extent to which we can rightfully disdain things of this world. The key is to place them in their proper context, not necessarily to reject them entirely.

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