Sunday 20 December 2015

Sartre and Christmas

Fabio Attard, in his homily during the Christmas novena, mentioned the famous piece by Sartre on Christmas, written at the request of his fellow prisoners-of-war during the Second War. And I thought: just as Balaam did not quite know and certainly did not understand the full import of what he was saying, so perhaps Sartre, and many of those who declare themselves atheist, might not really understand what they are saying when they say it, whether it be to deny God, or to write this utterly beautiful piece. Sartre suspected, surely: he makes the blind man see this vision of the Birth, and he is the blind man. And then, which of us truly sees? And how much do we truly see? 

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