02.16.14

Meds

1 Cor 2:6, 9

 There is, to be sure, a wisdom which we make known among those who are fully grounded; but it is not the wisdom of this world… Things no eye has seen, no ear has heard, no human heart conceived, the welcome God has prepared for those who love him…

In Conversation with God:

When we accept the Faith which the Church proposes, we communicate directly with the Apostles… and through them we communicate with Jesus Christ, our first and only Teacher. We go to their school, as it were, and overcome the distance of centuries… Thanks to this living Magisterium we can say that, in a way, the whole world has received his doctrine and has been transformed into Galilee. The whole of the earth becomes Jericho and Capharnaum. All humanity stands on the shores of Lake Gennesareth…

The truth of faith does not change with the passage of time. It is not superseded or modified or overtaken by the course of history. It can allow fresh insights or even call for the kind of pedagogical and pastoral restatements appropriate to the characteristics of a living language… but without deviating… ‘quod ubique, quod semper, quod ab omnibus’: ‘what has been believed everywhere, always, by everyone’ must be preserved as part of the deposit of faith… You are afraid of hurting people, of creating divisions and of giving the appearance of being intolerant…

Forgive my sincerity: through your behaviour, you are falling into nothing less than the stupid and harmful intolerance that you were concerned to avoid: that of not allowing the truth to be proclaimed…

We ought to know thoroughly the group of truths and precepts that make up what we call the deposit of faith, since this is the treasure that that God has given to us through the Church in order that we might be saved. This wealth of truths is protected primarily by piety (prayer and the sacraments), by a serious doctrinal formation suited to the needs of each person, and also by exercising prudence in our reading.

No one objects if, for example, a professor of physics or biology recommends certain textbooks, advises against others or says that reading a particular work is useless or even harmful for someone who is really interested in acquiring a serious scientific formation. And yet there are people who are astounded that the Church should reaffirm her doctrine on the need to avoid books that are harmful to faith or morals, and that she should exercise her right and duty to examine, judge and in extreme cases condemn books which are contrary to religious truth…

… natural law written on the hearts of all of us… obliges us to avoid as far as possible everything that tends to undermine the virtue of faith…

We need to be well-formed, faithful to the teaching of the Gospel and the Magisterium of the Church… Let us ask Our Lady, Seat of Wisdom… to teach us to esteem and love more and more the treasure that is our faith.

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