There are three main sources of anxiety:
These anxieties do not belong to abnormal psychology/neurosis
because they are existential anxieties –
they belong to existence itself –
a product of being alive as a finite, mortal being.
Christ knew our anxiety, knows our anxiety now.
The Christian imagination has pictured Christ as a Cosmic Joker
for centuries, but thinking of the Joker as
“dancing in the jaws of the dragon”
opens up new meanings of the Cross and discipleship
in a culture of chaos/war/climate change.
We live in chaos, but we are not bereft of dreams –
the Second Vatican Council proclaimed the highest destiny
of humanity is the “sisterhood/brotherhood of all people”
and offered the power of the Church as a champion of this.
Catholicism’s positive view of human nature/
liturgical symbolism/philosophical theology/appreciation of mysticism
has attracted many outstanding converts
But Thomas Merton took the Church Triumphant
with a grain of salt – he caricatured the popular conception
of saints, which puts holiness for the average person
beyond possibility: “saints are always impeccable/
never tempted/will throw themselves into fire
to avoid even the remotest occasion of sin.”
It is easy for Christians to forget the heart of Christianity
is that we love one another
and “everyone who loves is born of God.” Everyone.
If Christians do not practice love within Christianity
that is, between churches, there is no way
dialogue with non-Christian religions will happen
and without peace between the world’s religions
the sisterhood/brotherhood of all is impossible
and anxiety will never end.