Who would have thought a comedian known for his vulgar jokes would speak so profoundly about Original Solitude? This YouTube video clip has garnered over 5.3 million views. The clip specifically addresses this aloneness that leads us to happiness. In Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, the Pope describes this phenomenon as Original Solitude, a realization in solitude that opens up our heart to God. All the noise in the world is distracting us from entering that solitude. Louis C.K. definitely hit a nerve:
What a fascinating exchange between two people who love Christ using tools of the New Evangelization: a Catholic priest responding to popular youth preacher. Both have their merits. Both are admirable for using modern communication tools to spread the Word.
Here’s the original video by the Protestant preacher, Jefferson Bethke:
Here’s the response by the Catholic priest, Fr. Claude (Dusty) Burns:
This is great animation illustrating the Parable of the Lost Sheep (Luke 15:1-7).
Here’s the original passage from Scripture, courtesy of USCCB:
1 The tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to him,
2 but the Pharisees and scribes began to complain, saying, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
3 So to them he addressed this parable,
4 “What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after the lost one until he finds it?
5 And when he does find it, he sets it on his shoulders with great joy
6 and, upon his arrival home, he calls together his friends and neighbors and says to them, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’
7 I tell you, in just the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance.