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The Limits of God

July 12, 2018

If you haven’t read “The Unseen Hand” by R. Paul Sims, treat yourself and scroll down to yesterday’s blog; then come on back.

I can’t get too far away from what my real life friend, colleague, and unofficial mentor wrote in that poem.

When I was an exchange student to the St. Meinrad Roman Catholic Seminary, one of the books we read there was Encounters with Silence by Karl Rahner. This short book of his shaped me and my beliefs in ways unrecognized at the time.

Encounters with Silence is a book of prayers that are unique in their number of questions. The title itself tips Fr. Rahner’s hand, but is only a hint of the direction and depth he takes the reader.

The Rev. Dr. Sims’ poem, “The Unseen Hand,” folds perfectly into that book and its workings. I wonder now if my friend Paul Sims had read what Karl Rahner had written in 1938 before he wrote his poem in 1949.

Together, they remind us of much, part of which is encapsulated in Job 11:17, “Can you discover the depths of God? Can you discover the limits of the Almighty?”

I thank both Paul and Karl for helping me with that.



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