Today’s readings were taken from the Common of Holy Men, for Saint Louis, King of France. In the city of Saint Louis, this is celebrated as a solemnity.
The Austrian psychologist Viktor Frankl challenged the notions in the Freudian school of psychology that human beings were guided either by a will to survive or a will to power. For Frankl, who had survived living in a Concentration Camp, human beings were driven by a will to meaning. That is, they were guided by the quest to find meaning and purpose in there lives. Using the example of flying lessons, he proposed that if we consider human beings as they are, human beings become worse. But, if we consider human beings as they could be, they become better. Just imagine if you considered yourself and others as that ideal person created in God’s image. The world could be changed for the better.