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Approaching the mysteries of faith: a contemplation on how to approach the mystery of the Incarnation.

Science researches, investigates, observes and concludes. If we want to plant, we start with a seed, place it in soil, water it, and wait for a period of time until a small plant emerges. Inside the seed, there is a tiny plant with its nutrition, and when this tiny plant grows, it breaks through the shell and latches onto the soil. It then receives nutrition and water from the soil, and finally grows into a full plant. We observe the process, and we might even say that we understand how it works, but we do not know why it works this way. We call this growth process germination. We accept it, and even modify it, but there are basic elements in this process that we can’t change. We simply have to accept them.

The same is true with the mysteries of faith. We learn them and observe them, but we have to accept them and submit our minds to them, because these mysteries will remain mysteries. During the Christmas season, we celebrate the Nativity of our Lord, which is the great mystery of God…

I am omniscient: An invitation to claim ignorance when we do not fully understand

One day, some of the old men came to visit Abba Antony. Abba Joseph was among them. Wanting to test them, Abba Antony proposed a text from Scripture and asked them, beginning with the youngest, to explain it. Each one offered his opinion the best that he could. But to each of them, the old man said, “You did not understand it.” Lastly, he turned to Abba Joseph, saying, “How would you explain this saying?” Abba Joseph replied, “I do not know.” Then Abba Antony said, “Truly, Abba Joseph has found the way; for he said, ‘I do not know.’”
I recently noticed that we somehow feel that we have to form some kind of an opinion about everything, including disciplines that we might not have much knowledge about. A new type of hidden pressure is at work in us today—the pressure of being omniscient. We somehow have come to believe that we should have an answer for everything. Somehow, we think that we have to answer every question with confidence and assurance, as if we are some form of a human ency…