Friday, July 5, 2013
As Fr. Araujo says, there is much to ponder in Pope Francis' encylical, including a few passages that relate directly to our project. I'll quote one such passage but before that I note that the word "gaze," which appears 13 times in the letter, stood out to me. For example, "Christians learn to share in the same gaze of Jesus" and "The gaze of science thus benefits from faith: faith encourages the scientist to remain constantly open to reality in all its inexhaustible richness."
Here is a passage from paragraph 55:
If we remove faith in God from our cities, mutual trust would
be weakened, we would remain united only by fear and our stability would be
threatened. In the Letter to the Hebrews we read that “God is not ashamed to be
called their God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them” (Heb 11:16). Here
the expression “is not ashamed” is associated with public acknowledgment. The
intention is to say that God, by his concrete actions, makes a public avowal
that he is present in our midst and that he desires to solidify every human
relationship. Could it be the case, instead, that we are the ones who are
ashamed to call God our God? That we are the ones who fail to confess him as
such in our public life, who fail to propose the grandeur of the life in common
which he makes possible? Faith illumines life and society. If it possesses a
creative light for each new moment of history, it is because it sets every
event in relationship to the origin and destiny of all things in the Father.