Category Archives: Lumen Fidei

Lumen Fidei 30

The Fourth Gospel provides ample material to support the illumination of faith by sight and sound. If you have any doubt, pay careful attention to the role of hearing and seeing in the various stories of that book, as well … Continue reading

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Lumen Fidei 29

We move on to a new sub-heading in chapter two, “Faith as hearing and sight.” This is a long post for a long section, so please bear with it. First, we will read of “personal knowledge” and “recognition.” These are … Continue reading

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Lumen Fidei 28

Today, a brief section wrapping up the section “Knowledge of the truth and love.” I still find the emphasis on the intellectual a little too heavy for my taste. Is it Ignatian? Is it professorial? What do you think? Let’s … Continue reading

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Lumen Fidei 27

Today 27. The explanation of the connection between faith and certainty put forward by the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein is well known. For Wittgenstein, believing can be compared to the experience of falling in love: it is something subjective which cannot … Continue reading

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Lumen Fidei 26

Today’s post begins our examination of a section entitled, “Knowledge of the truth and love.” Many westerners are formed to see the mind as the center of the will. The heart is more associated with feelings. Can the heart be … Continue reading

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Lumen Fidei 25

Consider contemporary culture. Is this diagnosis accurate? 25. Today more than ever, we need to be reminded of this bond between faith and truth, given the crisis of truth in our age. In contemporary culture, we often tend to consider … Continue reading

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Lumen Fidei 24

Let’s move from the last post’s examination of language in Isaiah and the blending of establishment and understanding, and steer back into the realm of faith and truth: 24. Read in this light, the prophetic text leads to one conclusion: … Continue reading

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Lumen Fidei 23

Pope Francis presents Chapter Two in sections 23 through 36. God sent Isaiah to tell King Ahaz, “Unless you believe, you will not understand.” The Holy Father offers a bit of clarification of the biblical text: 23. Unless you believe, you will not … Continue reading

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Lumen Fidei 22

A single section falls under the heading, “The ecclesial form of faith,” as we wrap up Chapter One (which started way back in section 8), an exploration of love and belief. Faith is a communal experience, and most of all, … Continue reading

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Lumen Fidei 21

A short section today, but a key conclusion of salvation by faith: 21. We come to see the difference, then, which faith makes for us. Those who believe are transformed by the love to which they have opened their hearts … Continue reading

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Lumen Fidei 20

Today, Saint Paul examines a key passage in the Torah: 20. Faith’s new way of seeing things is centered on Christ. Faith in Christ brings salvation because in him our lives become radically open to a love that precedes us, … Continue reading

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Lumen Fidei 19

Let’s explore the principle of “Salvation by faith.” In doing so we will cover numbered sections 19 through 21. 19. On the basis of this sharing in Jesus’ way of seeing things, Saint Paul has left us a description of … Continue reading

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Lumen Fidei 18

Let’s complete Pope Francis’ thought on “The fullness of Christian faith.” 18. This fullness which Jesus brings to faith has another decisive aspect. In faith, Christ is not simply the one in whom we believe, the supreme manifestation of God’s … Continue reading

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Lumen Fidei 17

(Todd is away, but I am your guest host Fran. I will be putting forth some of the pending series posts that Todd has ready, such as this one on Lumen Fidei. I have certainly been grateful for his posts, … Continue reading

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Lumen Fidei 16

Why did Jesus suffer and die? Saint John gives the most profound Gospel witness. Fyodor Dostoevsky assists: 16. The clearest proof of the reliability of Christ’s love is to be found in his dying for our sake. If laying down … Continue reading

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