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These Good Days

Ecclesiastes always corrects and cheers me — “Do not ask, Why were the old days better than these? The wise do not ask such questions.” (Eccles. 7:10) Every age has its challenges — did you really expect yours to be any different? Blame your luke-warmness and lack of faith at least as much as the times. As the Roman Empire entered its sunset, St. Augustine observed, “Every day with Christ is a good day.” “But he did not know MY days” you say? Really? “When the days are good, be happy. When the days are evil, remember this, God has made the one as the other that mankind might know nothing of the future.” (Eccles. 7:14) We do not know…

Knowing What We Don’t Know

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who are depressed by Ecclesiastes and those who are cheered by it. I fall squarely in the latter group. Ecclesiastes cheers me by giving words to my confession of not knowing despite all my efforts. I cannot deny Aristotle’s claim that the need to know is a basic human need, yet it remains largely unfulfilled in things that matter. Over and over runs the refrain throughout Ecclesiastes “you don’t know”, “we don’t know”, “no man knows.” It’s good to unknow things that aren’t so, even if it means giving up the career of teleprophet. We want to know in order to control, in order to certainly extract happiness from this…