Thursday, July 13, 2006
Pardon the delay in posting today's extract from Dei Verbum. Y'all know how tough the virtue of obedience is for some of us:
"The obedience of faith" (Rom. 13:26; see 1:5; 2 Cor 10:5-6) "is to be given to God who reveals, an obedience by which (a person) commits his (or her) whole self freely to God, offering the full submission of intellect and will to God who reveals," (First Vatican Council, Dogmatic Constitution on the Catholic Faith, Chap. 3, "On Faith:" Denzinger 1789 (3008).) and freely assenting to the truth revealed by Him. To make this act of faith, the grace of God and the interior help of the Holy Spirit must precede and assist, moving the heart and turning it to God, opening the eyes of the mind and giving "joy and ease to everyone in assenting to the truth and believing it." (Second Council of Orange, Canon 7: Denzinger 180 (377); First Vatican Council, loc. cit.: Denzinger 1791 (3010).) To bring about an ever deeper understanding of revelation the same Holy Spirit constantly brings faith to completion by His gifts.
It's tough for anybody, really. Yet the posture of obedience toward God nets a soul promised grace in further insight along the way of revelation.