Jesus said, “…and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free …” (John 8:32)
Veritatis Splendor (The Splendor of Truth) was written by Pope John Paul II in 1993 and revolves around man’s ability to discern good, the existence of evil, the role of human freedom, human conscience and natural law. Pope John Paul II emphatically says that moral truth is knowable and there is no contradiction between freedom and following the truth. The Hebrew word for “truth”, emeth, means “firmness, constancy, duration” and implies everlasting substance and something that can be relied on. Truth is that which corresponds to reality.
It’s important to understand and embrace the concept of absolute truth in all areas of life, including faith and religion, because life has consequences for being wrong.
The freedom we enjoy as rational creatures does not extend to determining what is true and what is false in matters of morality any more than in other matters. We cannot choose that a circle has 4 sides and we cannot choose that adultery is good. “The fact is, the truth matters – especially when you’re on the receiving end of a lie,” said Christian author, Ravi Zacharias.
Much of our modern culture is based on a belief in relativism which says there is no absolute truth and that truth is merely what a particular individual or culture happens to believe. Veritatis Splendor insists that moral law is universal across people in varying cultures and is in fact rooted in the human condition and natural law.
Fr. Eric Fasano, Co-Chancellor of DRVC, will speak to us about Veritatis Splendor at the annual Rally for Religious Freedom on June 30.
!!! Save the Date !!!
Saturday, June 30, 10-12:00, Rally for Religious Freedom, St. John the Baptist HS, Montauk Hwy, West Islip; Public Witness Rosary @ 10:00am, Rally @ 10;30am; Keynote Speakers: Fr. Eric Fasano, Co-Chancellor DRVS, Sister Constance Viet, Little Sisters of the Poor; Video messages from Bishop Barres and Cardinal Dolan