Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Seeds of the Word, seeds of truth

Is there any connection between God and contemporary man? Does man need God in his life? Does our society live as if God didn't exist? I do not pretend to answer myself to this questions but instead, to point at some material (contemporary pop songs, cinema, poetry, literature) that are in consonance with the writings of Popes, saints or Magisterium. Not because these authors believe. No, their works are in consonance with their inner quests, these authors don't elude the big questions they feel deep in their hearts. Because religious sense is inherent to man. That's what this blog is all about. Are you ready for the challenge?

Taking up the Council’s teaching from the first Encyclical Letter of my Pontificate, I have wished to recall the ancient doctrine formulated by the Fathers of the Church, which says that we must recognize “the seeds of the Word” present and active in the various religions (Ad gentes, n. 11; Lumen gentium, n. 17). This doctrine leads us to affirm that, though the routes taken may be different, “there is but a single goal to which is directed the deepest aspiration of the human spirit as expressed in its quest for God and also in its quest, through its tending towards God, for the full dimension of its humanity, or in other words, for the full meaning of human life” (Redemptor hominis, n. 11).
The “seeds of truth” present and active in the various religious traditions are a reflection of the unique Word of God, who “enlightens every man coming into world” (cf. Jn 1:9) and who became flesh in Christ Jesus (cf. Jn 1:14). They are together an “effect of the Spirit of truth operating outside the visible confines of the Mystical Body” and which “blows where it wills” (Jn 3:8; cf. Redemptor hominis, nn. 6, 12). 

John-Paul II, General Audience, 9 September 1998, nº 1.

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