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I also think of those daily slaughters along the highways, of that death that is as horrible as it is banal and that bears no resemblance to cancer or AIDS because, as the work not of nature but of man, it is an almost voluntary death. How can it be that such a death fails to dumbfound us, to turn our lives upside down, to incite us to vast reforms? No, it does not dumbfound us, because like Pasenow, we have a poor sense of the real, and in the sur-real sphere of symbols, this death in the guise of a handsome car actually represents life; this smiling death is con-fused with modernity, freedom, adventure, just as Elisabeth was con-fused with the Virgin. This death of a man condemned to capital punishment, though infinitely rarer, much more readily draws our attention, rouses passions: confounded with the image of the executioner, it has a symbolic voltage that is far stronger, far darker and more repellent. Et cetera.
Man is a child wandering lost—to cite Baudelaire`s poem again—in the "forests of symbols."
(The criterion of maturity: the ability to resist symbols. But mankind grows younger all the time.)
Milan Kundera (The Art of the Novel)
According to the con stant teaching of the Church, the Sacrament of Baptism remits not only the eternal penalties of sin,—the remission of which seems to be an es sential part of the forgiveness of sin itself,—but likewise all temporal punishments, so that, were one to die immediately after receiving Baptism, he would go straightway to Heaven. 20 "In those who are born again/' says the Council of Trent, "there is nothing that God hates, because there is no condemnation to those who are truly buried together with Christ by Baptism into death; . . . so that there is nothing whatever to retard their entrance into Heaven/
Joseph Pohle (The sacraments : a dogmatic treatise, Vol. 1)