Methodius, who in the ninth century brought the Gospel to the Slavic peoples of Eastern Europe.
The splendour of truth shines forth in all the works of the Creator and, in a special way, in man, created in the image and likeness of God cf. Truth enlightens man's intelligence and shapes his freedom, leading him to know and love the Lord. Hence the Psalmist prays: Called to salvation through faith in Jesus Christ, "the true light that enlightens everyone" Jn 1: This obedience is not always easy.
As a result of that mysterious original sin, committed at the prompting of Satan, the one who is "a liar and the father of lies" Jn 8: Man's capacity to know the truth is also darkened, and his will to submit to it is weakened.
Thus, giving himself over to relativism and scepticism cf. But no darkness of error or of sin can totally take away from man the light of God the Creator. In the depths of his heart there always remains a yearning for absolute truth and a thirst to attain full knowledge of it.
This is eloquently proved by man's tireless search for knowledge in all fields. It is proved even more by his search for the meaning of life. The development of science and technology, this splendid testimony of the human capacity for understanding and for perseverance, does not free humanity from the obligation to ask the ultimate religious questions.
Rather, it spurs us on to face the most painful and decisive of struggles, those of the heart and of the moral conscience. No one can escape from the fundamental questions: What must I do?
How do I distinguish good from evil? The answer is only possible thanks to the splendour of the truth which shines forth deep within the human spirit, as the Psalmist bears witness: Let the light of your face shine on us, O Lord' " Ps 4: The light of God's face shines in all its beauty on the countenance of Jesus Christ, "the image of the invisible God" Col 1: Christ is "the way, and the truth, and the life" Jn Consequently the decisive answer to every one of man's questions, his religious and moral questions in particular, is given by Jesus Christ, or rather is Jesus Christ himself, as the Second Vatican Council recalls: For Adam, the first man, was a figure of the future man, namely, of Christ the Lord.
It is Christ, the last Adam, who fully discloses man to himself and unfolds his noble calling by revealing the mystery of the Father and the Father's love". The Church remains deeply conscious of her "duty in every age of examining the signs of the times and interpreting them in the light of the Gospel, so that she can offer in a manner appropriate to each generation replies to the continual human questionings on the meaning of this life and the life to come and on how they are related".
The Church's Pastors, in communion with the Successor of Peter, are close to the faithful in this effort; they guide and accompany them by their authoritative teaching, finding ever new ways of speaking with love and mercy not only to believers but to all people of good will. The Second Vatican Council remains an extraordinary witness of this attitude on the part of the Church which, as an "expert in humanity", 5 places herself at the service of every individual and of the whole world.
She knows that it is precisely on the path of the moral life that the way of salvation is open to all. The Second Vatican Council clearly recalled this when it stated that "those who without any fault do not know anything about Christ or his Church, yet who search for God with a sincere heart and under the influence of grace, try to put into effect the will of God as known to them through the dictate of conscience For whatever goodness and truth is found in them is considered by the Church as a preparation for the Gospel and bestowed by him who enlightens everyone that they may in the end have life".
At all times, but particularly in the last two centuries, the Popes, whether individually or together with the College of Bishops, have developed and proposed a moral teaching regarding the many different spheres of human life.
In Christ's name and with his authority they have exhorted, passed judgment and explained.
In their efforts on behalf of humanity, in fidelity to their mission, they have confirmed, supported and consoled. With the guarantee of assistance from the Spirit of truth they have contributed to a better understanding of moral demands in the areas of human sexuality, the family, and social, economic and political life.His principal documents include 14 encyclicals, 13 apostolic exhortations, 11 apostolic constitutions and 42 apostolic letters.
In one of his least known Papal letters entitled a "Letter to Artists" Saint Pope John Paul would write of "vocation" of artists to create "Epiphanies of Beauty." Blessed Pope John Paul II had a deep devotion. To Our Venerable Brethren the Patriarchs, Primates, Archbishops, Bishops, and other Ordinaries in Peace and Communion with the Apostolic See.
In Our recent encyclical We examined the disorders with which the world today struggles for the purpose of discovering a sure remedy for such great evils.
IOANNES PAULUS PP. II DIVES IN MISERICORDIA. Blessing. Venerable Brothers and dear sons and daughters, greetings and the apostolic blessing. I.
HE WHO SEES ME . VATICAN CITY (VIS) - The Encyclical Letter "Dominum et Vivificantem" on the Holy Spirit in the life of the Church and the world was written by John Paul II in , during the eighth year of his pontificate.
Saint John Paul II Biography.
Karol J. Wojtyla, known as John Paul II since his October election to the papacy, was born in Wadowice, a small city 50 kilometres from Cracow, on May 18, He was the second of two sons born to Karol Wojtyla and Emilia Kaczorowska. His mother died in Listed below, with brief descriptions, are all of Pope John Paul II’s encyclicals through April , followed by selected Apostolic Letters, Constitutions, Exhortations, and Motu Proprio..