Happy Christmas 2019

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men... And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth... (Jn 1:1-14)

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Underlying all the Church's thinking is the awareness that she is the bearer of a message which has its origin in God himself (cf. 2 Cor 4:1-2). The knowledge which the Church offers to man has its origin not in any speculation of her own, however sublime, but in the word of God which she has received in faith (cf. 1 Th 2:13). At the origin of our life of faith there is an encounter, unique in kind, which discloses a mystery hidden for long ages (cf. 1 Cor 2:7; Rom 16:25-26) but which is now revealed: “In his goodness and wisdom, God chose to reveal himself and to make known to us the hidden purpose of his will (cf. Eph 1:9), by which, through Christ, the Word made flesh, man has access to the Father in the Holy Spirit and comes to share in the divine nature”... This initiative is utterly gratuitous, moving from God to men and women in order to bring them to salvation. As the source of love, God desires to make himself known; and the knowledge which the human being has of God perfects all that the human mind can know of the meaning of life. (St John Paul II, Fides et ratio, 7)

Two beautiful and insightful passages to immerse our minds and hearts with in the meaning of our Christmas celebration. May this be a time of joy, peace, and hope for you and all those around you. 

And for those eager to include Faith and Reason in their summer reading list, below are three suggestions:

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(1) Faith and Reason according to Benedict XVI, free ebook available by clicking here.

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(2) Faith and Reason: Philosophers Explain their Turn to Catholicism, Besong & Fuqua (eds.), Ignatius 2019. Paper or kindle editions available by clicking here.
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(3) For the Love of Wisdom: Essays on the Nature of Philosophy, Josef Pieper, Ignatius 2011. Paper edition available by clicking here.

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