This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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The law of descent—the law of ascent

To express the same thing in terms used by St. John Paul II, we can say that as a consequence of the social aspect of sin it is appropriate to speak of a “law of descent” which is a kind of “communion of sin” by which each sinful soul drags down the whole Church along with it. On the bright side, this also implies a corresponding “law of ascent” which operates by virtue of the “communion of saints,” and so it is said that “every soul that rises above itself, raises up the world.”[1]

The body of Christ is a unity that hangs together, for better or worse, in solidarity unto the end. It is precisely this social reality which informs the Catholic principle of solidarity which we will discuss below. For if our lives are intertwined, and if it is easier to live virtuously when material conditions are at an optimum level, then we ought to do our utmost to lift our neighbors from want, and we ought to see clearly that our own prosperity is not enough.

[1] RP, 16.

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