Redeemer of Man, conclusion

Two concluding thoughts from Redeemer of Man
First, Fidelity is important for the witness of the Church. Pope John Paul explains the that faith is a response to revelation and therefore fidelity to the truth is paramount — fidelity to Christ’s teaching as it comes through the Church.
Faith is a supernatural virtue “infused into the human spirit” and it makes us sharers in knowledge of God. For this reason all believers share in the prophetic office of Christ and we must be ready to speak he truth in and out of season, speaking the “whole truth about man and God.”
To appropriate the truth of the Gospel we do need study — the study of the Bible and the sacred tradition; study of Vatican II and papal encyclicals. (Here again I mention that facilitation of this study is one great goal of the Pope John Paul II Forum) John Paul s out study to our love of the Gospel:
“Being responsible for that truth also means loving it and seeking the most exact understanding of it, in order to bring it closer to ourselves and others in all its saving power, its splendour and its profundity joined with simplicity. This love and this aspiration to understand the truth must go hand in hand, as is confirmed by the histories of the saints in the Church. These received most brightly the authentic light that illuminates divine truth and brings close God’s very reality, because they approached this truth with veneration and love — love in the first place for Christ, the living Word of divine truth, and then love for his human expression in the Gospel, tradition and theology.” §19
It is love that fuels our quest for knowledge. Those remarks should come to define our lives as Christians who share in the prophetic office of Christ.
I cannot resist a reference to Newman one more time. In a homily on “watching for Christ,” he explains the attentiveness to Christ as follows:
“They, then, watch and wait for their Lord, who are tender and sensitive in their devotion towards Him; who feed on the thought of Him, hang on His words; live in His smile, and thrive and grow under His hand. They are eager for His approval, quick in catching His meaning, jealous of His honour. They see Him in all things, expect Him in all events, and amid all the cares, the interests, and the pursuits of this life, still would feel an awful joy, not a disappointment, did they hear that He was on the point of coming. ‘By night I sought Him whom my soul loveth,’ says the inspired canticle; ‘I sought Him and found Him not. I will rise, and in the streets and broad places will I seek Him.’ Must I be more definite in my description of this affectionate temper?” [Find the entire sermon here.]
The second concluding thought really follows from the previous one. John Paul concludes with this thought: “The full truth about human freedom is indelibly inscribed on the mystery of the Redemption. The Church truly serves mankind when she guards this truth with untiring attention, fervent love and mature commitment and when in the whole of her own community she transmits it and gives it concrete form in human life through each Christian’s fidelity to his vocation.” §21
John Paul II described the Church as the guardian of freedom; the guardian of the treasure of the the Redemption; and now he concludes by saying the Church is the guardian of the truth about human freedom.
Redeemer of Man was issued in 1979; John Paul II explained that he composed it in his heart and head in the years following Vatican II. As we look back we can see how this single document defined his long pontificate of 26 years. John Paul the Great — Guardian of truth, freedom, and the treasure of great price.
‘Santo Subito’ — ‘Sainthood now’


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