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Quote of the Week

September 27, 2006

“Indeed, no Christian ought to argue how things that the Catholic Church sincerely believes and verbally professes are not so, but by always adhering to the same faith without hesitation, by loving it, and by humbly living according to it, a Christian ought to argue how they are, inasmuch as one can look for reasons. If one can understand, one should thank God; if one cannot, one should bow one’s head in veneration rather than sound off trumpets.”

“For a human wisdom trusting in itself can more swiftly pluck out its trumpets by pressing them than it can roll such a stone by leaning on it. For some beginners, in presuming to rise to the loftiest questions about faith, typically produce trumpets, as it were, of knowledge trusting in itself.”

“Therefore, hearts need first be cleansed by faith, as Scripture speaks of God ‘cleansing their hearts by faith’ (Acts 15:9).”

“And not only is the mind without faith and obedience to the commandments of God prevented from rising to understand higher things, but the mind’s endowed understanding is also sometimes taken away, and faith itself subverted, when upright conscience is neglected. Therefore, no one should rashly plunge into the complex things involved in questions about God unless the person first have a solid faith with the precious weight of character and wisdom, lest a persistant falsity ensnare the person who runs with careless levity through many little diverting sophisms.”

St. Anselm of Canterbury, De Incarnatione Verbi (On the Incarnation of the Word)


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