Friday, July 5, 2013

Lumen Fidei

The Encyclical Letter Lumen Fidei of the Supreme Pontiff Francis is here.

"The question of truth is really a question of memory, deep memory, for it deals with something prior to ourselves and can succeed in uniting us in a way that transcends our petty and limited individual consciousness. It is a question about the origin of all that is, in whose light we can glimpse the goal and thus the meaning of our common path." [...]

"Joined to hearing, seeing then becomes a form of following Christ, and faith appears as a process of gazing, in which our eyes grow accustomed to peering into the depths. Easter morning thus passes from John who, standing in the early morning darkness before the empty tomb, 'saw and believed' (Jn 20:8), to Mary Magdalene who, after seeing Jesus (cf. Jn 20:14) and wanting to cling to him, is asked to contemplate him as he ascends to the Father, and finally to her full confession before the disciples: 'I have seen the Lord!' (Jn 20:18)."
[See Jose Granados' Spring 2011 Communio article, "The First Fruits of the Flesh and the First Fruits of the Spirit: the Mystery of the Ascension." Excerpt: "As paradoxical as it seems, this fact has a profound meaning: Paul’s experience is the most similar to our own. He neither saw nor touched Jesus, as others had done during his earthly life; rather, he knows him through the light of faith and the power of the Spirit. While Mary Magdalene wanted to cling to the resurrected Christ (cf. Jn 20:17) so that she might continue to relate to him in a way that was familiar, Paul says, 'even if we once knew Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know him so no longer' (2 Cor 5:16). It is no wonder that St. Augustine viewed the feast of the Ascension as the crown of the liturgical year."]
Cardinal Ouellet | Archbishop Gerhard Müller | Archbishop Rino Fisichella | John AllenScott Richert | Dr. Jeff Mirus

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