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Pope: Theology without faith is a futile exercise

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At yesterday’s Angelus, Pope Benedict XVI spoke about St Bernard of Clairvaux, “the last of the Fathers” of the Church. He said:

At times an attempt is made to resolve the fundamental questions on God, on man and on the world with the sole force of reason. Instead, St Bernard, solidly based on the Bible and on the Fathers of the Church, reminds us that without a profound faith in God, nourished by prayer and contemplation, by a profound relationship with the Lord, our reflections on the divine mysteries risk becoming a futile intellectual exercise, and lose their credibility. Theology takes us back to the ‘science of the saints’, to their intuitions of the mysteries of the living God, to their wisdom, gift of the Holy Spirit, which become the point of reference for theological thought.

Together with Bernard of Clairvaux, we too must recognize that man seeks God better and finds him more easily ‘with prayer than with discussion’. In the end, the truest figure of the theologian and of every evangeliser is that of the Apostle John, who leaned his head on the heart of the Master.

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Written by Luke Coppen

October 22, 2009 at 10:19 am

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