“To the one who has faith no explanation is necessary. To the one without faith no explanation is possible,” St. Thomas Aquinas.
It seem that the closer one is to a church culture the harder it is to understand what Aquinas trying to get people to understand. It’s something like starting the day with breakfast. It’s something done everyday, so one doesn’t think much about it. As one grows into adulthood, all the traditions of the church are rather automatic.
But for those not apart of the church culture, when coming to faith through the redemptive process offered by Divine Providence. Then breakfast stirs a hunger for foods that are continually different. Each breakfast brings a new experience. Which often needs an explanation. Because, there is no cultural church experience available to be drawn from.
The first thing one often discovers is ones attitudes and behaviors are very different. That experience is anchored with this truth. “If anyone is in Christ they have become a new creation. Old attitudes and behaviors have disappeared. Everything has become new. All things are of God, who reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.” (cp. 2 Corinthians 5:17-18). Meaning an urging of wanting others to share in this life changing process.
Nevertheless all this newness stirs up a breakfast like quest like how do I explain what was experienced. There is no human explanation because God’s reconciliation of us through Christ is a spiritual experience absent human intervention.
John put it this way, “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone, who is born of the Spirit.” (cp. John 3:8). In every sense of the word it’s a mystical experience. Meaning it’s an experience having no association with ordinary human rationality.
But the human mind must make its conquest for human understanding. And Divine Providence knowing all of that provided us with the following, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. By faith we understand that the worlds were formed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made by the things which are visible. But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for those who come to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (cp. Hebrews 11:1;3;6).
This Padre duly ordained and also having a degree in political science. is available to address the broad spectrum of organized secular groups within our communities. Right through to the many denominational churches doting the American landscape.
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