THE GOOD MAN

To be "good" does not completely mean "moral". A man can be at times in agreement with all moral laws, and we can doubt whether he can be called "good." We can have the impression that there is a lack of warmth or sincerity. Nothing draws us to him. We don't trust him. On the contrary, it could be that someone is guilty of transgressing the laws of morality, and nevertheless in a certain moment - we see in him some kind of deep buried trace that moves us and calls us to describe him as "in an unfortunate state, but not evil." There is something good in him. It would therefore be the very first mark - after which you can recognize a good man, a certain inner direction and attitude of the soul, namely, a certain inner readiness, some smoldering spark somewhere, something alive and warm. How can we describe this spark, this readiness, this faith, this latent love. Can we call it idealism, spirituality, perhaps culture? There is no word which would completely and satisfactorily describe it. Perhaps the person does not recognize it himself to make a difference in his attitude. Maybe it's covered over with grime and dust, a deeply instilled not understood mystery - pain. There is within him a pain ful hunger and desire to be good, to become better - to become perfect. He suffers because of his insufficiency, he suffers because of some ideal which he is not able to give a name. Such a man, is never satisfied but reaches further and higher. There is good will in such a man, some kind of a deep humility and for that reason he seeks rest in something beyond him. And when that foreign, not belonging to the personal "I" reality is larger, wort more than the personal being, then the human entity bends the knees and will honor and give glory to the larger entity. If another reality is weaker and more impoverished than he is, then he will try to lift her up to a higher status and for no other reason than to help her and he suffers with her and has mercy on her. This kind of goodness if a good man in the deepest sense is disinterested; it is goodness without seeking a reward and it belongs to his very essence; he does not want to realize that in himself and receive no joy from it. As a result, he doesn't know about himself - because of his unselfishness. He doesn't look in the mirror as it were to see his own goodness. That kind of real goodness possesses an ease about it. Where the need is to tediously fight, force, scream about some fake lifestyle and will, there will no longer be a completely clean, quite true goodness of a good man. It may be act that is virtuous, a victory of character, yet that is not enough to give it the quality of good. This characteristic unknowingness and ease as qualities which are gifts of God for his beloved creatures is a truer indicator of the goodness of man.

From the Radio Broadcasts of Fr. Justin Figas November 14, 1948

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