Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Lumen Fidei

Have you read the new Encyclical, Lumen Fidei?  You can find it here.  You don't even need to be Catholic!

This encyclical was started by Pope Benedict and completed by Pope Francis.  I really like both Popes, and even though they seem vastly different they both share a love of Jesus and the Church.  They just express it in different ways, which is true for all of us.

A sample:
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 love; he is also the one with whom we are united precisely in order to believe. Faith does not merely gaze at Jesus, but sees things as Jesus himself sees them, with his own eyes: it is a participation in his way of seeing. In many areas in our lives we trust others who know more than we do. We trust the architect who builds our home, the pharmacist who gives us medicine for healing, the lawyer who defends us in court. We also need someone trustworthy and knowledgeable where God is concerned. Jesus, the Son of God, is the one who makes God known to us (cf. Jn 1:18). Christ’s life, his way of knowing the Father and living in complete and constant relationship with him, opens up new and inviting vistas for human experience. Saint John brings out the importance of a personal relationship with Jesus for our faith by using various forms of the verb "to believe". In addition to "believing that" what Jesus tells us is true, John also speaks of "believing" Jesus and "believing in" Jesus. We "believe" Jesus when we accept his word, his testimony, because he is truthful. We "believe in" Jesus when we personally welcome him into our lives and journey towards him, clinging to him in love and following in his footsteps along the way.
Catholic Vote has its Top 15 Quotes from the Pope's New Encyclical.   Keep the author, Thomas Peters, in your prayers otherwise - last week he broke his neck in a swimming accident.

Here is a video commentary by Fr Barron I found on YouTube.  I think I could watch You Tube all day with the amount of awesome videos from Father Barron and Scott Hahn out there, but that's a different subject.

What did you like about this encyclical?

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