The Addictive, Perpetual Nature That is Mankind

December 7th, 2014 - Young Missionaries of the Holy Father


One of the most entropic things ever may be mankind’s nature, even if it is how not entropic they may be. The book, “From Darkness, Into the Light,” by Marino Restrepo, is an enlightening testimony about the radical life changes Marino had to make. He explains his nighttime as a very dark, thirty-three years he was living in mortal sin, only to be saved by the infinite light that is God’s mercy. He goes into the mystical experience presented by God, and the foundation created as a result of it. An enticing serendipity, the paperback cover notices how the book seemingly echoes, “God chooses the simple to fool the wise.”

As the “From Darkness, Into the Light” title may show, this book revolves around radical change as a Catholic, and how that importance was presented to Marino. As he might talk about the life he lived here, he also explains what he saw in the supernatural world: Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory. This fast-lane, secular man was able to be saved from his worldly addictions, but only through spiritual suffering that enabled him to stare into God’s glory. Imagine sitting in a dark room, and then stepping out into bright sunlight. As it might temporarily hurt your eyes to see, you realize the beautiful, natural, warming light that is in the sun. Marino experienced a similar experience, but in a much more interesting way, although he claims he “Suffer[s] the limitations of human language to explain divine revelation. (Pg. 86)”

Nevertheless, the language used enamors mind, body, and soul into insight as to what the afterlife is like, and how we are so easily involved with it. The simply sophisticated context read from the book reminds one about the importance of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and our dedication to the Word of God. Marino demonstrates how saint-hood is reachable by everyone, and is easy to nobody. Everybody has to work, physically and spiritually, to become a saint; it means sanctifying the soul through suffering. It’s like the Dylan Thomas quote, “Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” From darkness into light is not black and white, but rather all of the colors of the wind. Unfortunately, we cannot see the wind with our mortal eyes; we can only see what it affects, therefore we must look to our church’s immortal eyes to know how it flows. This book, being in accordance with our Catholic teachings, allows us to realize how important our sacraments are, and our love given to others. Let’s appreciate how it was these things set forth by God, gift us our free-will’s right to our own decisions. Let us not decide to live in darkness.

Mario Zarate 

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