I dispute this. I only find God when I search for God. Even in a Church, if I ignore the Tabernacle, God is there, but I have not spotted Him. If I search for myself, I find myself and I am not God. Very often the search for self is about dethroning God. I search for and find myself 99% of the time. It isn't very rewarding. Neither is it good or beautiful. If it is "honest", it is because, quite honestly, I am very selfish.
"Maybe, they don’t succeed in finding him".
I don't dispute this since in searching for ourselves, we usually find ourselves, not God.
"But they are going along the path of honesty, searching for the truth, for a road of goodness and a road of beauty…"
I dispute this. To search for yourself often leads to introspection, depression, unhappiness, selfishness and ego-centrism which we know as Pride. Of this I am guilty. I do not recommend it. Seek Christ with your whole heart.
"They’re on the right road and it’s certain they’ll find God!"
I dispute this. Here is contradiction #1. His Holiness has already said, "Maybe they don't succeed in finding him", yet now His Holiness says, "they" who are searching for themselves, who perhaps do not succeed in finding him, now "certainly" find Him because they are "going along the path of honesty, searching for the truth, the road of goodness and beauty." There are no caveats here. There should be. One who searches for beauty may find it in the Latin Mass. Another may find it in the National Trust, another in a brothel or gay sauna. What a lover of beauty St Augustine of Hippo was and he definitely found God...Bigtime!"
"Sooner or later, they will find him."
I dispute this. When? Can it ever be too late? This is contradiction #2. His Holiness has already said, "maybe, they don't succeed in finding him."
"But the road is a long one and some people don’t find him in their lives."
I do not dispute this, but this is contradiction # 3. "Some people", now, "don't find him in their lives", even though His Holiness said it is "certain" they will find him. If they do not find him in their lives then, having searched for themselves, instead of God, can they hope for Salvation, or should we be warned that Christ wants to save us from everlasting death through a relationship with Him in His Body, the Church?
"They don’t find him consciously."
I do not dispute this, but ask whether in contradiction # 4 we can seriously find God unconsciously or sub-consciously in such manner that we are oblivious that we have found Him at all. A state such as this for the vast majority of people would surely denote a total absence of Faith. We would describe a total absence of Faith, as, if not as a conscious rejection of God Himself, agnosticism, or, as in a wilful rejection of God, atheism.
"But they are very true and honest with themselves, very good and lovers of beauty."
Cue this sweeping generalisation from the Successor of St Peter who, as part of the Deposit of Faith, teaches the doctrine of Original Sin. Yes I dispute this assertion also. In searching for ourselves instead of searching for God, in preferring our own will above the Will of God, we are not necessarily being very true and honest with ourselves. We can go further and suggest that, in fact, we are gravely deceiving ourselves or have been deceived by the Deceiver, the Devil. I know very good people, but it is God Alone who is Good and has given them wonderful virtues.
"So that in the end they have a very mature personality..."
Having a mature personality will profit me nothing if I die, impenitent, in mortal sin. Not that I possess one, mind.
"...capable of an encounter with God, which is always a grace."
Capable of an encounter with God in this life, or in the next? He, or indeed I may be "capable" of an encounter with God at his or my Judgment, upon his or my Death, but are he or I ready? Would it not be better that he or I encounter God's mercy, forgiveness, mercy and grace in this life rather than face Judgment without it.
"Because an encounter with God is a grace.”
But, Your Holiness, the person has not encountered God, but himself. That is all he has encountered for all of his life (as well as beauty). Is there not a danger that such a person may be at risk of encountering himself for all eternity, instead of God, Whose Face never shall he see? It is not a grace to hear from the Lord, 'Depart from me, you accursed, I never knew you, go with your curse upon you into the everlasting fire prepared for the Devil and his angels.' It is a curse. Are we seriously saying that happens to nobody but the mafia?
"Late have I loved You, O Beauty so ancient and new., late have I loved You."This is surely what His Holiness means because, if truth be told, this is the kind of stuff I expect to find in a new age shop in Brighton. When the Catechism tries to address this issue it does so soberly, prudently and is still able to communicate that Christ is always necessary for Salvation because He is the Saviour of Mankind Who alone can save us. We cannot presume the Salvation of anyone but those known to be in Heaven by the Church of God.
"Yet you were deeper than my inmost understanding and higher than the topmost height I could reach."
Nothing in Scripture, nothing in the writings of the Saints and the Fathers of the Church or the Popes suggests that Jesus is in any way indifferent as to whether we believe He is our Saviour, or not. Nothing that Jesus said could possibly give us room for presumption concerning our salvation or that of others and if His Holiness keeps talking like this, unless Jesus Christ has let His Vicar onto a very big secret indeed, let us be quite clear: there is no reason why you should become a Catholic or even teach the Faith to your children. After all, they'll find God in 'their own good time' and they'll do it, 'my way''.
As I live, says the Lord, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked man; rather let him turn from his evil way and live.