DAY #1: Dei Verbum 1

Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...Welcome.  Today we begin our 365 day journey through the documents of Vatican II with the Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation: Dei Verbum.

Paragraph 1 is the Preface, which sets the stage for the document:

1. Hearing the word of God with reverence and proclaiming it with faith, the sacred synod takes its direction from these words of St. John: “We announce to you the eternal life which dwelt with the Father and was made visible to us. What we have seen and heard we announce to you, so that you may have fellowship with us and our common fellowship be with the Father and His Son Jesus Christ” (1 John 1:2-3). Therefore, following in the footsteps of the Council of Trent and of the First Vatican Council, this present council wishes to set forth authentic doctrine on divine revelation and how it is handed on, so that by hearing the message of salvation the whole world may believe, by believing it may hope, and by hoping it may love. (cf. St. Augustine, De Catechizandis Rudibus, C.IV 8: PL. 40, 316)

The reference to St. Augustine at the end of the paragraph is also very much worth reading.  The word that sticks out the most in that passage from Catechizing of the Uninstructed is “love”.  It appears 13 times in just the one paragraph.  We cannot understand revelation or why God wishes to reveal Himself to us without reference to His great love for us.


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