Vincent van Gogh, "Lilac Bush", Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg

Is There Hope? The fascination of the discovery

The third chapter of the book that gathers the contents of the Spiritual Exercises of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation (April 16-18, 2021).
Julián Carrón


The upheavals of the present have shaken up ways of living that we took for granted. “But that was the way with facts. They punctured every bubble of conceit, shattered theories, destroyed convictions.” In the face of life and death, many have unexpectedly felt, even if only for a moment, an urgent need for an ultimate meaning, a need we can never entirely keep at bay. It is no surprise that many of the things that previously counted as sure evidence no longer form part of our basic
cultural inheritance. As Morin said, uncertainty is the hallmark of our time, but it has been further intensified by the gravity and persistence of the pandemic. No matter what your starting point, it has become difficult to remain anchored to what you consider something already known, to entrust yourself with inertia to the illusion of having life in your power. Paradoxically, maybe it is actually helpful to see certain monolithic assumptions of ours crumble, to experience the beginning of a crack in the wall of our safe beliefs. In the lyrics of Leonard Cohen, “There is a crack, a crack in everything/ That’s how the light gets in.” [...]

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Chapter 3
Chapters 1 and 2