The radical disconnect that exists between faith in God, the Father of all creation, and mankind's quest for knowledge (Latin: scientia) is of critical importance. We would do well to remember the likes of St. Albert the Great (1206-1280), the mentor of St. Thomas Aquinas. Even a cursory look at his life and accomplishments as both a theologian and scientist of renown casts light on the seamlessness of the garment, this coat of many colors that is Truth.
The Catholic Encyclopedia relates the following:
Albert was assiduous in cultivating the natural sciences; he was an authority on physics, geography, astronomy, mineralogy, chemistry (alchimia), zoölogy, physiology, and even phrenology. On all these subjects his erudition was vast, and many of his observations are of permanent value.
Albert proved to the world that the Church is not opposed to the study of nature, that faith and science may go hand in hand.
In Of the Means of Belief, Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), another Catholic and scientist of the highest order relates the following universal bridging truth:
"Other religions, as the pagan, are more popular, for they consist in externals. But they are not for educated people. A purely intellectual religion would be more suited to the learned, but it would be of no use to the common people. The Christian religion alone is adapted to all, being composed of (((BOTH))) externals and (((AND))) internals. It raises the common people to the internal, and humbles the proud to the external; it is not perfect without the two, for the people must understand the spirit of the letter, and the learned must submit their spirit to the letter."
"If we submit everything to reason, our religion will have no mysterious and supernatural element. If we offend the principles of reason, our religion will be absurd and ridiculous."
Shocking, life-altering experiences bring us face-to face with this reality. Like St. Paul after his conversion by and to the Light of Truth, we then are compelled to focus our efforts on how to reunite—bridge if you will—the separate and unequal pursuits of seeking the absolute truth of God (to know, love and serve Him) and the relative truth of the created order. As adopted sons and daughters of the Father, and brothers in Christ, we must have faith in the mystery of the absolute Three-in-One in order to see clearly what is related to us through, with and in Him in the proper light. The Immaculate Virgin Mary, is related to us—as our Mother—through her motherhood of our brother, Jesus Christ.
Two score and three years ago Dr. Martin Luther King realized this truth. Ponder well the words of his inspired sermon to see if they do not ring true:
"At the center of the Christian faith is the affirmation that there is a God in the universe who is the ground and essence of all reality. A Being of infinite love and boundless power, God is the creator, sustainer, and conserver of values....In contrast to the ethical relativism of [totalitarianism], Christianity sets forth a system of absolute moral values and affirms that God has placed within the very structure of this universe certain moral principles that are fixed and immutable."
"At times we may feel that we do not need God, but on the day when the storms of disappointment rage, the winds of disaster blow, and the tidal waves of grief beat against our lives, if we do not have a deep and patient faith, our emotional lives will be ripped to shreds. There is so much frustration in the world because we have relied on gods rather than God. We have genuflected before the god of science only to find that it has given us the atomic bomb, producing fears and anxieties that science can never mitigate."
When we fail to understand absolute and objective Truth, relativity morphs into subjective relativism and when this happens all bets are off.
And finally a sister blog (http://maelrubha.blogspot.com/2005/10/god-and-e-mc2.html) provides this insight:
"That being said, why do so many miss the point that energy is part of the created world, and God exists apart from creation?
Here's my analogy...when people finally look for something apart from themselves, they look up and see that they are surrounded by light. They observe the light, play in the light, enjoy the light, and marvel that others cannot see the light. So many have seen the 'light', but they ignore the source of the light."
This Truth is the spiritual energy for the conversion of the world.
Why is it that today only 20% of those who call themselves Catholic believe this?
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