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Lumen Fidei 45

The sacraments provide the core of the third chapter of Lumen Fidei. We come to the end of this line of thought in today’s post, what I find to be a luminous reflection on the creed. After reflecting on this … Continue reading

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Lumen Fidei 44

Pope Francis explores the multivalent character of the Eucharist: 44. The sacramental character of faith finds its highest expression in the Eucharist. The Eucharist is a precious nourishment for faith: an encounter with Christ truly present in the supreme act … Continue reading

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Lumen Fidei 43

Today, a look at infant baptism. I remember this being an issue more in dispute about a generation ago. Sometimes there were alternate whiffs of magicalism or pelagianism about it. Baptism could be a decision (rather than an election). Baptize just … Continue reading

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Lumen Fidei 42

We continue the interface between sacraments and faith with this section. Baptism is the topic of today’s post. Pope Francis writes of the powerful symbols of baptism. From the roots of Judaism–the call of God to conversion, we experience immersion as a symbol … Continue reading

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Lumen Fidei 41

Baptism is less the first moment of transmission. It’s far from being a membership card of a completed personal project, but the beginning of an ongoing process of formation: 41. The transmission of faith occurs first and foremost in baptism. … Continue reading

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Lumen Fidei 40

Today we look at a new subheading, “The sacraments and the transmission of faith.” This exploration will cover the next six posts in this series. Remember that you can access the entire document here. 40. The Church, like every family, … Continue reading

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Lumen Fidei 39

Are you convinced of an individual faith? The conclusion of the sub-chapter, “The Church, mother of our faith,” may disturb your premise: 39. It is impossible to believe on our own. Faith is not simply an individual decision which takes … Continue reading

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Lumen Fidei 38

One thing the Church provides with regard to the counter with Christ is surety. Individual experience might leave us in doubt, but a relationship with others does not. Or should not: 38. The transmission of the faith not only brings light … Continue reading

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Lumen Fidei 37

We commence a look at chapter three (37-49) which will occupy us for thenext two weeks. The Scripture quote given is “I delivered to you what I also received” (cf. 1 Cor 15:3). As we continue a bit past the … Continue reading

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Lumen Fidei 36

Chapter Two wraps up with a section entitled, “Faith and theology.” 36. Since faith is a light, it draws us into itself, inviting us to explore ever more fully the horizon which it illumines, all the better to know the … Continue reading

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Lumen Fidei 35

This numbered section falls under its own heading, “Faith and the search for God.” Theologian Tina Beattie thinks she sees the hand of Pope Francis very strongly in it. Let’s read carefully: 35. The light of faith in Jesus also … Continue reading

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Lumen Fidei 34

A familiar recent papal topic comes up. My sense is that subjectivity is partly a reaction against what often seems an arbitrary exercise of authority in the world. Many people are prepared to align with absolute truth. The problem is … Continue reading

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Lumen Fidei 33

Christianity’s integration of faith and reason owes much to the African philosopher Augustine: 33. In the life of Saint Augustine we find a significant example of this process whereby reason, with its desire for truth and clarity, was integrated into the horizon … Continue reading

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Lumen Fidei 32

We’ll start another three-sections today with the heading “The dialogue between faith and reason.” This should be interesting, so let’s read: 32. Christian faith, inasmuch as it proclaims the truth of God’s total love and opens us to the power … Continue reading

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Lumen Fidei 31

The last of the subject of integrating hearing and seeing. The notion of touch is brought to the first two senses: 31. It was only in this way, by taking flesh, by sharing our humanity, that the knowledge proper to … Continue reading

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