Part of the book: 33 Meditations by Tomislav Ivančić


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Sit comfortably so that none of your limbs is tense. With intuition, look at your birth and your death, then the course of your life. Then look at yourself amidst the people as you pass through the Earth. It is as if an invisible hand leads you into the world and takes you out of it. Discover that hand, that director, invisible, yet so strongly present. Look: how do you feel when you opt for the coincidence in life?

And how do you feel when you decide on a reasonable Originator of everything that exists? Listen to your depths! They do not lie. Or…? In your imagination go from one man to another and ask him who we are and why we are „coping“. Then go from science to science and ask them if they know who we are and where we are going to? Go to religions and philosophers, do they know anything about it?

Does anyone have an answer? Who will you go to? Listen to your heart… And what do you think of Jesus of Nazareth?

The Earth looks like a lonely island in the middle of an impassable universe. We do not know what secrets the universe hides. But we do not even know who „implanted“ the Earth and the people on it. Where does the life and destiny of individuals and man’s history on Earth come from? We do not know where humans come from on Earth, and we do not know where they go from it. We do not know why people are just like that, who opted for such a variant of the Earth, nature and man. We do not know where suffering, guilt, helplessness and hatred among people come from. Why do we live, who needed it all, why do we have to live?

Who is behind it all?

What will happen to the wicked, the unjust and the irresponsible?

And what will happen to those who struggle to be just, honest, good? With those who died for freedom, out of love?

Why does something exist at all? Sin has darkened man’s reason. There are countless fundamental unknowns. How should we live then? Who has the right on Earth? Does God have this right? Is there a future despite death? Is it possible to live with your eyes closed? Without questions and answers? Why nobody at all knows the answers to these questions? Or, if someone answers, why are those answers so different and uncertain? Does anyone know the sure answers?

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Tomislav Ivančić (EJ)
He was born in Davor in 1938. After studying philosophy and theology in Zagreb and Rome, he was ordained a priest of the Zagreb Archdiocese in 1966. After achieving a master's degree in philosophy and a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, he returned to Zagreb in 1971, where he became a professor at the Catholic Faculty of Theology, University of Zagreb. He is the head of the Chair of Fundamental Theology, and was one of the editors of the Theological Review. Areas of his scientific work are philosophy, theology and literature. He explores the relationship between philosophy and theology, faith and science, atheism and religiosity, revelation and faith, the Church and ecclesial communities, Christianity and religion, the phenomenon of sects and issues of theological epistemology. His special field of interest is the study of man's existential-spiritual dimension, where he discovers the way of modern evangelization and the necessity of the development of spiritual medicine, which, along with somatic and psychological, is indispensable in the complete healing of man, especially in the healing of spiritual diseases and addictions. For this purpose, he developed the method of hagiotherapy and founded in 1990 in Zagreb the Center for Spiritual Help, of which he is the head. From 1971, in addition to working at the faculty, he was a student religious teacher in Zagreb, the initiator of the prayer movement within the Church of the Croats, the founder of a religious society called the Prayer and Word Community(MiR), and the leader of numerous seminars for spiritual renewal and evangelization at home and abroad. After completing his studies and scientific doctorate in fundamental theology at ... (Read more at