Washington D.C., Nov 22, 2013 / 05:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Year of Faith draws to a close, two U.S. priests reflected on faith and the new evangelization, noting the importance of faith as the way that human being come to know God.
“Faith is a way of knowing. It’s not believing impossible things; rather it’s a heightened way of knowing a heightened reality,” Fr. Raymond Gawronski, visiting scholar at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, Calif., told CNA Nov. 21.
“It’s, if you will, a faculty by which we know God, and the things of God. So faith is a way of knowing, a way of seeing…it’s a higher way of seeing realities that are higher, and that require…another kind of sense, and that sense is what we call faith, which opens onto an unseen universe of God and his workings in the seen universe, in our world.”
“Without faith it’s all over,” he emphasized. “We’d have no reason to live, without faith.”
Fr. Mark Morozowich, dean of the theology and religious studies school at Catholic University of America, said that “when Pope Benedict was calling the Church forwards to reflect upon faith, he really was calling on us to accentuate and deepen our understanding of this way of knowing God.”
This way of knowing, he told CNA, is “not dependent on our rationality, if you will; it’s completely rational, but faith is something that’s a gift given us by God.”
The Year of Faith lasts until Nov. 24, the feast of Christ the King. It began Oct. 11, 2012, and was announced by Benedict XVI.
The retired pontiff explained that it was intended to give “new impetus to the mission of the whole Church to lead men out of the desert in which they often find themselves, to the place of life, of friendship with Christ,” emphasizing the importance of the new evangelization and the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Second Vatican Council.
The year began with a synod of bishops on the new evangelization; the apostolic exhortation which is its fruit, Evangelii Gaudium, will be released at the conclusion of the Year of Faith. The year also included the promulgation of Lumen fidei, an encyclical released by Pope Francis, and drafted by Benedict XVI.
Fr. Gawronski considered that Benedict’s decision to hold a “year of faith” was “a way of highlighting certain aspects of our Catholic life that (Read More)