Evangelicals gladly assent to Jean Daniélou’s claim that the mission of the church “continues the mighty works, the mirabilia Dei, recorded in the two Testaments” and agree that “God still accomplishes his mighty works, in the conversion and sanctification of souls.”
Few Evangelicals, though, would make sense of his further claim that “The working of God’s power among us is through the sacraments.” Jesus’ baptism—now, that was a mighty act, as the Father unzipped the heavens and the Spirit fluttered down. If you want to see a mighty act of God today, though, you need to look for blinding lights on Damascus Roads, pilgrims suddenly unburdened, hearts strangely warmed. No self-respecting Evangelical testimony begins with, “God baptized me as an infant. . . .”
I think Scripture supports Daniélou’s position. Which is why I want to make an Evangelical case for the “Catholic” sensibility that discerns the extraordinary behind the veil of the ordinary...CWR - The Lasting Legacy of Cardinal Daniélou ~ Reviled by his more progressive contemporaries, Jean Daniélou accurately diagnosed many of the problems that continue to trouble the Church today by Brian Van Hove, S.J.
Peter J. Leithart