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The Armaments Factory Worker – A Poem by Karol Wojtyla

December 10, 2011

I cannot influence the fate of the globe.

Do I start wars?  How can I know

whether I’m for or against?

No, I don’t sin.

I only turn screws, weld together

parts of destruction,

never grasping the whole,

or the human lot.


I could do otherwise (would parts be left out?)

contributing then to sancitifed toil

which no one would blot out in action

or belie in speech.

Though what I create is not good,

the world’s evil is not of my making.


But is that enough?


(From Classic Catholic Poetry, complied and edited by Thomas P. McDonnell, Our Sunday Visitor, 1988, p. 135)

  1. December 11, 2011 12:33 am

    I was never a big fan of Karol as JP2, but I would have put the kettle on for the Karol the old soldier and poet.

    Marie Marshall

  2. December 21, 2011 10:38 am

    Dear Brett Salkeld;
    I’ve been working through your many post here at Vox Nova, I really appreciate your, what seems to me to be, traditional point of view, Thanks!

    As may be obvious by now, I’m a beginner in the world of Theology, Philosophy, and how it all relates to evolution (science in general).
    So if I could be so bold as to ask for your help in laying a solid, orthodox, Roman Catholic foundation in relation to (although not limited to) the disciplines noted above. Simply put, can you recommend so good introductory works it that direction, please!
    To give an idea of where I’m at; for example, I’ve recently worked through Edward Feser’s Aquinas and Philosophy of Mind; which seem to be on par with my current level of understanding. Whereas, Dr. Cunningham’s Darwin’s Pious Idea (I’m work through now) is way over my head. (Not to suggest that I’m not grasping any of it; but it’s clear that much more foundation work needed to be done.)

    By the way, on your recommendation, I’ve just ordered Banished from Eden: Original Sin and Evolutionary Theory in the Drama of Salvation by Raymund Schwager. (can’t wait!)
    Warm regards;


    • brettsalkeld permalink*
      December 21, 2011 1:50 pm

      Thanks so much Blaine. “Traditional” I can take ;)

      I would also highly recommend Schwager’s Jesus in the Drama of Salvation. It is simply awesome. Better than Banished from Eden even. It has to do with the intersection between theology and anthropology, rather than evolutionary biology, but it is a tour de force.

      Cardinal Schonborn’s Chance or Purpose is also very good. He had botched an editorial in the NYT because he wasn’t familiar with what the term “intelligent design” meant in America. He rectifies the situation, and more, in this book (much to the chagrin of intelligent design enthusiasts). Also, check out his public lecture on the book on In it he concludes, as I had independently in a book review for a course I took, that Chance and Purpose would have been a better title.

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