Category Archives: Lumen Fidei

Lumen Fidei: Blessed Is She Who Believed

Not surprisingly, Pope Francis sees the human fulfillment of his encyclical in Mary, the mother of our Lord. Somewhere it has to work, otherwise faith is only dangling doctrine.  But if there is an example to whom we can turn … Continue reading

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Lumen Fidei: Consolation and Strength Amid Suffering

To speak and to enact the light of faith is to experience suffering.  It sometimes comes from the world that rejects the vision and values of God.  But it also comes from within the Christian church as fellow believers disagree … Continue reading

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Lumen Fidei: A Light for Life in Society

As we learn to get along in the family unit, we are given the will and means to get along with the human family.  Faith is carried into the world as naturally as it was held in the home. The … Continue reading

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Lumen Fidei: Faith and the Family

Pope Francis rightly notes that the family unit is the first waystation on the journey to transmit faith in the world.  Beginning with marriage and then possibly with children, people learn how to trust, form relationships, forgive, cooperate, and love. … Continue reading

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Lumen Fidei: God Prepares a City

As I have re-read Pope Francis’ first encyclical, I see not only its content, but also the way it serves as a model for doing theology about anything.  The Pope moves from a consideration of the selected topic itself (the … Continue reading

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Lumen Fidei: The Unity & Integrity of Faith

With so many denominations and parachurch organizations on the earth, even if we believe in Christian unity we cannot think of it the way the Church did until1054 a.d., when the Roman Church split dramatically for the first time.  We … Continue reading

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Lumen Fidei: Faith, Prayer & the Decalogue

Not surprisingly, Pope Francis rounds out his comments about the Church’s transmission of the faith by pointing to the Lord’s Prayer and the Ten Commandments.  The Lord’s Prayer is not only a prayer to pray, it is a way of … Continue reading

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