Thursday, August 14, 2014

A Propos of Maximillian Kolbe as Martyr: The Centrality of the Person in All Things Human and Divine

Since Jesus Christ has been proclaimed to be the meaning of the human person in Gaudium et spes #22[1], then any act against the human person, is now understood to be an act against Christ. And since Christ is the revelation of the Father (“Philip, he who sees me sees also the Father,” Jn. 14, 9), then any act against the human person is an act against Christian Revelation and Christian faith. Hence, the one acted against is now considered a martyr of the faith. This was the case of Maximillian Kolbe and Edith Stein.
As George Weigel said it in his Witness to Hope (447-448):  “John Paul II was making an important theological point deciding that St. Maximilian Kolbe was indeed a martyr – systematic hatred for the human person… was a contemporary equivalent of the traditional criterion for martyrdom… Because Christian faith affirmed the truth about the inalienable dignity of the human person, anyone who hated that truth hated, implicitly, the Christian faith. Modern totalitarianism was an implicit form of odium fidei, because it reduced persons to things.”
Consider the extensive martyrdoms that are in process now, and have been during the last century, and  therefore the extensive events of sanctity that have and are now taking place - hiddenly - within the economic and sociological structures of sin where persons are "things."

[1] “In reality it is only in the mystery of the Word made flesh that the mystery of man truly becomes clear. For Adam, the first man, was a type of him who was to come, Christ the Lord. Christ the new Adam, in the very revelation of the mystery of the Father and of his love, fully reveals man to himself and brings to light his most high calling. It is no wonder, then, that all the truths mentioned so far should find in him their source and their most perfect embodiment.”

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