54 – If a person says that he has met God with total certainty and is not touched by a margin of uncertainty, then this is not good.

Long ago, the Greeks already philosophized about man’s inherent desire to discover truth, affirming that ‘doubt is the beginning of knowledge;’ while Socratic maieutics taught that ‘knowledge is the principle element of happiness.’
In fact, this search for the truth constitutes one of the most profound yearnings of the human soul. But it is not the intelligence that brings happiness to the spirit, as the Greeks had thought, but rather it is grace that brings us to encounter God, the Supreme Truth. The words of Saint Augustine on this topic are immortal, as he addresses the Lord in his Confessions: ‘Thou hast formed us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in Thee’ (Bk 1, ch. 1,1). This ‘rest’ comes from the complete certainty of having found ‘the Way, the Truth and the Life’ with the strength of faith that dissipates any doubt, along with the generous desire to bring all to Him, in his Church, the guardian of truth.

This was the example given by those who guided God’s people, as we read in Sacred Scripture. To doubt after having encountered the Lord is to dishonor the truth and to be unfaithful to it.

Francis

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Teachings of the Magisterium

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I – One who consents to doubts does not have authentic faith
II – Man’s own nature leads him to seek truth and recognize it when found
III – The Church is the House of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth


I – One who consents to doubts does not have authentic faith


Catechism of the Catholic Church

To his disciples Jesus teaches the unconditional love of truth: Let what you say be simply ‘Yes or No’
A Christian should confess the faith without equivocation

Sacred Scripture

Moses guided the people with the certainty of God’s victory
The Israelites tempted the Lord and failed to believe in his power
He who vacillates will receive nothing from the Most High

Catechism of the Catholic Church

Doubt can lead to spiritual blindness - the first commandment requires us to protect our faith
Offenses against truth are fundamental infidelities to God
The prayer of Jesus is the foundation of our certainties

II – Man’s own nature leads him to seek truth and recognize it when found


John Paul II

Man naturally seeks truth and rejects falsity
Man’s certainty comes from finding truth

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Conformity of life with the divine Law is the source of rectitude
The truth of the faith is strong in itself, and is not overcome by any attack

John Paul II

It is a moral obligation to seek the truth and to adhere to it once it is known

Catechism of the Catholic Church

Man has the obligation to seek the truth and to embrace it
Man tends by nature toward the truth, and is obliged to honor and bear witness to it - especially religious truth

III – The Church is the House of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth


Sacred Scripture

The Church is the house of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth

John Paul II

The response to man’s search for the truth is given by Jesus Christ, by means of His Church

Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Magisterium’s task is to guarantee God’s people the objective possibility of professing the true faith without error

Pius IX

Nothing is more certain than the truth of our faith, and nothing is supported on firmer principles

Gregory XVI

The truth exists in one God, one Faith, one Baptism - they disperse who do not gather with Christ

Pius XI

The task of teaching the truth of Christ belongs preeminently to the Church
The Church alone possesses the whole of moral truth

Pius X

The sureness of the Christian is founded in the moral truth of the Church

Saint Irenaeus of Lyons

It is not necessary to seek the truth among others: the Church holds in her hands all truth, received by Apostolic tradition

Saint Augustine of Hippo

Truth is clearly manifested in all the realities of the Catholic Church – outside Her there is only the promise of truth, without any fulfillment

Vatican Council II (Ecumenical XXI)

Sacred Scripture and Tradition guarantee the conservation of truth in the Church

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