The Unsolved Remainder
‘I am the blind alleys of all your paths, for when you no longer know how to go any further, then you have reached me, though you are not aware of it. I am in your anxiety, for I have shared it by suffering it. And in doing so, I wasn’t even heroic according to the wisdom of the world. I am in the prison of your finiteness, for my love has made me your prisoner. When the totals of your plans and of your life’s experiences do not balance out evenly, I am the unsolved remainder… I am your death, for today I began to die with you, because I was born, and I have not let myself be spared any real part of this death… Ever since I became your brother, you are as near to me as I am to myself.’
Karl Rahner, ‘Christmas: Ever Since I Became Your Brother’ in
The Great Church Year, p. 51.
Merry Christmas from Prison Contemplative Fellowship