Our Heart is Restless

The first passage in today’s reading, “Out Heart is Restless” (CUA Primer, pages 40–41), comes from Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, and the second comes from the Confessions of Saint Augustine. This pair of passages might seem at first to be quite an odd couple, but together they turn out to tell a tale of two creators. In both passages, we hear about the situation through the voice of the created beings.  What do these two created beings have in common–Augustine, created by God; and the creature made by Victor Frankenstein? How do the two creators differ?

Photo: “‘La Créature de Frankenstein’ by KLAT @ Plainpalais @ Geneva” by Guilhem Vellut is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

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  1. Ethan Blanchard says:

    I had a moment very similar to what I described in “On writing faith”. When I saw the photo credits, it said “La Créature de Frankenstein”. Noting its meaning and language is obvious, or, should I say, apparent. But, it made me think about the word “creature” and I noticed the root “create”. It’s meaning today is something like an animal or beast, but it originally meant “anything created” such as jewelry, money, or paper airplanes. Therefore, we are all God’s creatures.

    St. Augustine ponders how best to praise God. Is it through song? Or through theology- the study of God? Augustine makes the point that if we don’t know who God is, then we might worship the wrong thing or worship our own version of God that isn’t true because we know not what we do. I myself prefer to worship God by knowing through theology instead of an intense emotional connection.

    St. Augustine concludes we should listen to what we hear in Church which makes us praise God which brings us closer to God which allows us to know Him.

  2. Erica Farrell says:

    I think one interesting thing regarding the relationship between these two passages is the point of view. We read these passages through the voice of the created being, and I think it is interesting how both of these passages read almost as a letter to their “creator” because it brings a sense of genuineness to the passages and removes the presence of an author’s voice in the narratives.

  3. Jaesen Evangelista says:

    I think what we see in these passages is a little sneak peak at what everyone eventually feels when it comes to God. We feel angry and hatred towards God when something doesn’t go right or when we feel life sucks. However, sometimes we feel like God is great and almighty and we should praise him until our hearts explode.

    I don’t want to say that people can only choose one way to view God, hatred or love, because I believe that is entirely untrue. I believe that even atheists and agnostics come to a point where they ponder on God in a different view than what they believe. And I’m sure the same is for the most radical Catholics. What we see in these passages is the human view towards God, from complete frustration to unconditional love. We as humans will experience both in our lifetimes and it’s totally okay to experience both.

  4. Diego Amaya says:

    The two creatures differ because Augustine talks about how much he loves his creator and praises him. The creature talks about how he hates Victor Frankenstein his creator, he seems lost and confused with the world around him.

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