Last rites declaration of Ioannes Paulus PP. II (Karol Wojtyla)
2nd April 2005
completely capable of convincing all men; but it was also not right that He
should come in so hidden a manner that He could not be known by those who
should sincerely seek Him. He has willed to make himself quite recognisable
by those; and thus, willing to appear openly to those who seek Him with all
their heart, and to be hidden from those who flee from Him with all their
heart, He so regulates the knowledge of Himself that He has given signs of
Himself, visible to those who seek Him, and not to those who seek Him not.
There is enough light for those who only desire to see, and enough obscurity
for those who have a contrary disposition."
431. No other religion has recognised that man is the most excellent
creature. Some, which have quite recognised the reality of his excellence,
have considered as mean and ungrateful the low opinions which men naturally
have of themselves; and others, which have thoroughly recognised how real is
this vileness, have treated with proud ridicule those feelings of greatness,
which are equally natural to man.
"Lift your eyes to God," say the first; "see Him whom you resemble and who
has created you to worship Him. You can make yourselves like unto Him;
wisdom will make you equal to Him, if you will follow it." "Raise your
heads, free men," says Epictetus. And others say, "Bend your eyes to the
earth, wretched worm that you are, and consider the brutes whose companion
What, then, will man become? Will he be equal to God or the brutes? What