Understanding: Beyond Faith

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Faith is the theological virtue to believe in God, all He has said and revealed, and the Church proposes, while Understanding is a gift of the Holy Spirit to ensure Faith truths in a defined way.

Wisdom makes the soul responsive to the Holy Spirit in the contemplation of God to use His ideas to judge His creation. Wisdom is the desire to contemplate God’s ideas, while Understanding allows us to penetrate such ideas to become convinced of the Faith truths.

We can infer conclusions from the Faith to get a deeper meaning of man’s role in the world and his relation to God. Natural reason covers the material world, while Understanding  orients our actions toward God.

Christ explained the Scriptures concerning Him to two disciples on the road to Emmaus … their eyes opened and they recognized Him … (Luke 24:13-35) — an example of Understanding.

 

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