When the FAITH Movement began, in the 1970s, people were drawn to it because it ofered a coherent, uplifting and challenging message in the middle of post- hen the FAITH Movement began, in the 1970s, people were drawn to it because Vatican II confusion. It was standard at that time to hear many lamentations from the faithful, announcing that Everything was a Dreadful Mess, and claims that the fault lay with the Second Vatican Council, pointing to the exodus of priests and religious, proliferation of inane songs and antics in liturgies, and the inability of an ever-increasing ecclesiastical bureaucracy to ofer support for good catechesis. While most were prepared to acknowledge that the Council “didn’t intend any of this”, there was a tendency merely to lament what was happening – and so there was enthusiasm for any group that appeared to ofer hope. And meanwhile some wreckers were around, creating havoc with people’s faith – liberation theologians owing more to Marx than to the Gospel of Christ, crusaders for contraception who railed against Humanae Vitae and denounced the gentle Paul VI with a savagery that caused that good, wise and courageous man real sufering.
Karol Wojtyła – Pope St. John Paul II – accepted the classical defnition of the person, “an individual substance of a rational arol Wojtyła – Pope St. John Paul II – accepted the classical nature”, and brought to it all of the richness of contemporary developments in philosophy. Wojtyła does not satisfy himself with simply repeating the medieval interpretation of the defnition but takes it up afresh, augmenting and expanding it.
We use the word grace (χάριϛ/charis/ from which charisma comes) – Latin gratia– to express charm and beauty, but also generosity and the kindness of the e use the word grace (χάριϛ/charis/ from which charisma comes) – Latin gratia giver (‘grace and favour residences’). When we apply it to God, it speaks of his mercy and goodness: “a God of tenderness and of grace, slow to anger and rich in mercy” (Ex. 34:6).
Although few people are scientists or even that interested inscience, the infuence of scientifc thought has never been lthough few people are scientists or even that interested in greater. We take for granted that science is true. However, in the absence of a coherent Christian philosophy, some scientists have flled the vacuum, appointing themselves philosophers and declaring that God does not exist because there is no evidence for his existence.
They had just fnished a “Baby Shower” party – the big sitting-room still had its there was more to come – a decorated announcement by the door welcomed a new resident, another pregnant girl. Meanwhile, there was warmth and laughter over evening snacks in the kitchen, lively talk and a relaxed atmosphere of friendship.