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Christianity ultimately (I say “ultimately,” not “alone”) announces that the absolute, infinite, holy, and living God is the total fulfillment of the human existence. Then with that comes a joy and a fulfillment of a fundamental kind exceeding everything else. Whether, and how far, an individual man or woman in the concrete situations of life, limited by one’s lifespan, by one’s work, depending also upon one’s individual, intellectual and other abilities, is able to really appreciate such an awesome message is quite another question. Nevertheless, Christianity preaches an absolute joy.”

– Karl Rahner, S.J., FAITH IN A WINTRY SEASON (1989)