“Differing currents of though in philosophy, theology and pastoral practice, if open to be reconciled by the Spirit in respect and love, can enable the Church to grow, since all of them help to express more clearly the immense riches of God’s word. For those who long for a monolithic body of doctrine guarded by all and leaving no room for nuance, this might appear as undesirable and leading to confusion.” (40)
“Faith always remains something of a cross, it retains a certain obscurity which does not detract from the firmness of its assent. Some things are understood and appreciated only from the standpoint of this assent, which is a sister to love, beyond the level of clear reasons and arguments. We need to remember that all religious teaching ultimately has to be reflected in the teacher’s way of life, which awakens the assent of the heart by its nearness, love and witness.” (42)
Thoughts for the day: gone are the days when everything about the faith can be clearly found in a book. There are mysteries in our faith. These mysteries transcend our ability to fully understand. The Holy Spirit is always guiding the Church to understand the faith in new and deeper ways. Faith is always a cross. Faith cannot be understood from the position of looking at it from the outside. We only begin to understand the faith from looking at it from the position of first being a believer. Faith comes before understanding. Lastly, everything that we believe has to be reflected in the teacher’s way of life.