Lumen Fidei: A Light to be Recovered

When we are in the darkness, the need for light is even more necessary and urgent.  The light of faith is needed in order to give light to the totality of our lives, not just religion.

The light we need is not self-generated; it is God-given.  God reveals the light; we receive it.  God creates the light; we walk in it.  The church mediates the light through tradition (the past), worship (the present), and guidance (the future). 

Pope Francis graciously took this theme, begun by his predecessor, and used it to launch his papacy.  This not only honored Pope Benedict, it also told the world that advancing “the light of faith” would be Francis’ emphasis too–an emphasis not only for the Roman Church, but one that is needed in all of Christianity in our day.  This is why I have decided to use this text to encourage ecumenical meditation and conversation.

If you have followed my writing for any length of time, you know that I stsnd with those who bearing witness to a new pentecost in our day.  A fresh Wind of the Spirit is blowing on the earth, and it a uniting Wind. God is re-connecting parts of the Body of Christ that have been separated in the past. 

Pope Francis rightly sees the point of unification in Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh–not ecclesial groups or doctrinal principles.  I want to be among those who point to Christ, who is the incarnation of “the light of faith,” and the One who said, “I am the Light of the world.”

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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1 Response to Lumen Fidei: A Light to be Recovered

  1. Ric Schopke says:

    Your last paragraph reminded me strongly of E. Stanley Jones writings on unity: “Whom do you trust?”

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