The Pity of Christ – Crisis Magazine


Christ cannot be psychoanalyzed because he is perfect.  It would be like seeking flaws in pure crystal or long shadows at high noon. That is why he may seem from our fallen state in a singularly ill-contrived world as both severe and merciful, ethereal and common, rebellious and routine, rustic and royal, solitary and brotherly, young and ageless.  His perfection is a stubborn enigma to the imperfect, but if there is to be one hint of the art that moves his mind, it will be in his pity.  It will be in his pity for the whole world when he weeps over Jerusalem; but most wrenchingly it will be in his pity for each soul when he sees us scattered on the hills like sheep without a shepherd.

This is a great post by Fr George W. Rutler. Please read it.

The Pity of Christ – Crisis Magazine.


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8 Responses to The Pity of Christ – Crisis Magazine

  1. Michael says:

    A great post indeed – thanks for posting BB!

  2. toadspittle says:

    “In The Abolition of Man, C.S. Lewis called these sheep in sheep’s clothing “men without chests”
    Always fun, and generously open-minded, to read a quote in a Catholic blog from Dear Old “Protestant Jack,” isn’t it?
    Now sadly presumably roasting in Hell, along with all the other Anglican heretics.

    Jack did have a splendid chest himself. Hairless, though. (So Toad was told.)

  3. Michael says:

    I thought this an apposite supplement to the above post (and photo):

    A nation can survive its fools and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and he carries his banners openly against the city.

    But the traitor moves among those within the gates freely, his sly whispers rustling through all alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself.

    For the traitor appears no traitor; he speaks in the accents familiar to his victim, and he wears their face and their garments and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men.

    He rots the soul of a nation; he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city; he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared. The traitor is the plague.

    —Marcus Tullius Cicero

  4. johnhenrycn says:

    I believe Fr George Rutler, pastor of St Michael’s Church in NYC, is the same priest who used to be pastor of the Church of Our Saviour:
    “Father Rutler turned a bankrupt and virtually empty church into a world-famous spiritual center, paid off the mortgage and long-standing debts…Rutler’s successor, Father Robbins, has dismantled much of the interior of the church, alienated most of the parishioners, and nearly bankrupted the parish, spending vast sums on virtually reconstructing the plain but comfortable rectory [which] is now a luxurious home for Father Robbins and his organist…”

  5. johnhenrycn says:

    …here’s a great portrait of Fr Rutler:
    No rainbow vestments for him I’ll warrant!

  6. Brother Burrito says:

    There is a remarkable stillness about Fr Rutler. Try and catch him talking to camera on YouTube or elsewhere.

    I shall post such a video for you.

  7. johnhenrycn says:

    The book held by Fr Rutler in his portrait is almost certainly The New Sanctuary Manual , being a compendium of standard prayers needed to be said by priests on various occasions as approved by Francis Cardinal Spellman (New York) in October 1961, this being a picture of my facsimile edition which lacks the border filigree of the original held by Rutler:

    …the point being that Fr Rutler, a convert two decades after VII, wanted to say in his portrait where his sympathies lay.

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