How do you get to the Truth–through Faith, or through Reason?
God comes to each of us in a uniquely personal way, geared to who we are, geared to the way He created us. Do you know someone who has only a elementary view of God, a person who may have a “simple” faith, but a faith that is truly genuine? On the other hand, do you know someone whose faith comes from an intellectual consideration of God?
We don’t have to be an intellectual. We don’t have to be the smartest person around to be one of the most virtuous people around. But we can also be virtuous and intellectually savvy, too. Neither cancels out the other. Faith and Reason are in harmony with one another.
Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth—in a word, to know himself—so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves.(cf. Ex 33:18; Ps 27:8-9; 63:2-3; Jn 14:8; 1 Jn 3:2). Encyclical Letter, Fides Et Ratio, Pope John Paul II
What wonderful words–by knowing and loving God, we come to know the truth about ourselves. He sees us as we are–His children. And He loves us whether we’re smart, or not so smart; whether we’re beautiful, or not so beautiful, whether we’re successful, or not so successful. He sees the light within us because He put it there. He knows its capability. He knows us. Simple Faith or Complicated Faith, we are His.
Copyright 2015, Kaye Hinckley
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