Tuesday, December 22, 2009

O Rex Gentium

O Rex Gentium, et desideratus earum, lapisque angularis, qui facis utraque unum: veni, et salva hominem, quem de limo formasti.
O King of all the nations, the only joy of every human heart; O Keystone of the mighty arch of man, come and save the creature you fashioned from the dust.
— Great “O” Antiphon of the Canticle of Mary, for Vespers, on December 22nd.

Saint Francis Xavier (College) Church, at Saint Louis University, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - stained glass window of Christocracy
Christocracy window, at Saint Francis Xavier Church, in Saint Louis. Photo taken May, 2009.

All states have a kind of official spirituality or metaphysical philosophy, which we can deduce by observing the laws the state imposes on its subjects. While we cannot read the hearts of men, we can however read what intellectual and political leaders of a state say to their peers, which is often contradictory to what is claimed in the mass media. Are our nation's laws merely secular, or do they imply specific truth claims about the human person, nature, morality, and the role of the state?

The Messiah is king of all the nations, whether or not the nations recognize Him. The time of darkness is over, and the light of Gospel can illumine our hearts if we decide to let it in. Or we can do our own will and risk final judgement.

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