“Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: The Blessed Sacrament…There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves on earth, and more than that: Death: by the divine paradox, that which ends life and demands the surrender of all, and yet by the taste (or foretaste) of which alone can what you seek in your earthly relationships (love, faithfulness, joy) be maintained, or take on that complexion of reality, of eternal endurance, which every man’s heart desires.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

*Note: There is something compelling about this statement. Does the knowledge of our mortality lend greater importance and meaning to those immaterial things that should matter in our life? If we believe that the screen goes blank after death, what is our purpose? Does it profit  more to take a Kierkegaardian leap of faith or to allow ourselves to become Nietzschean nihilists? Does reason liberate us from these questions or produce intellectual despair? Ah, what a piece of work is man!

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