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Menace of the Herd

Body and Soul

"Bodies are mutually attracted by nearness, knowledge, and pleasure but souls by distance, mystery, and suffering."

Such thinking could trend into Cartesian dualism, which undermines the sacramental nature of existence, but it's always important to reassert that the soul and body are not the same. They're friends. They're even allies . . . in the war against the flesh and the devil. But the body is the weaker ally, so it's important to nourish the soul so it can do its job of strengthening the person.

It's interesting to think about what KL's words imply about modern forms of "worship," which emphasize nearness ("come together and hold hands"), knowledge ("make sure everything is 100% accessible to the average guy in the pew"), and pleasure ("we must entertain the congregation and make it more fun").