"JPII very wisely said that the nature of original sin was to destroy our perception of the truth that God is Father. When that happens, we don't stop believing in God. We simply start relating to him as Master instead. Europe's long slow spiritual suicide (and our struggle to imitate it) bear eloquent witness to this basic spiritual principle, a fact experienced again and again in the history of OT Israel."
I read this over at Catholic and Enjoying It
and couldn't agree more. While this is a fairly simple idea, it is rich, and explains so very much about some of my own spiritual failings.