|From The Practicing Catholic|
There is an urgent need, then, to see once again that faith is a light, for once the flame of faith dies out, all other lights begin to dim. The light of faith is unique, since it is capable of illuminating every aspect of human existence. A light this powerful cannot come from ourselves but from a more primordial source: in a word, it must come from God. Faith is born of an encounter with the living God who calls us and reveals his love, a love which precedes us and upon which we can lean for security and for building our lives. Transformed by this love, we gain fresh vision, new eyes to see; we realize that it contains a great promise of fulfilment, and that a vision of the future opens up before us. Faith, received from God as a supernatural gift, becomes a light for our way, guiding our journey through time. (Lumen Fidei, 4).Faith, Hope and Charity
Last Friday, Pope Francis published his first encyclical entitled Lumen Fidei (Light of Faith). The encyclical closed out the three part series initiated by Pope Benedict on the three theological virtues of faith, hope and charity (see CCC 1812-1829). Pope Benedict began by writing on charity in Deus Caritas Est (God is Love) and followed it up later with Spe Savli (Saved by Hope). In Lumen Fidei, Pope Francis concludes the third installment on faith, which Pope Benedict had already begun writing before his resignation. Francis described the encyclical as having been written by four hands.