Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Nunc incipio: Iesus Christus, lux vera quae illuminat omnem hominem

It is good and right to begin all good things in Christ Jesus. The title of this post is Latin for "Now I begin: Jesus Christ, the true light that enlightens everyone." the latter of the title is from a heading within Pope John Paul II's 1993 encyclical Veritatis Splendor.

The beginning of Advent is quickly approaching and so there is no better time than now to begin (or to undertake and commence) this joyous enterprise of bringing God's Word to the whole world.

I shall be the first to admit that I am no scholar, but I hope that through exercising my God-given intellect and through the study of my faith I can bring testimony of God's grace in this world and to become a mirror of His Word, no matter how cracked and imperfect of a mirror I may be.

My hope and intention for this blog is to bring insights from the daily readings and homilies from St. Mary's Catholic Center's Masses so that the gifts bestowed on us the Faithful here in College Station, Texas, can be brought to those elsewhere as well. That being said, I shall try to impart what is most striking to me from the homilies and readings in as much clarity and succinctness as is humanly possible. Hopefully I will be provided correction where needed by those more learned than I.

As a fun little tradition (little ‘t’ tradition), I'll try to rustle up some Latin word or phrase pertaining to the subject to enlighten the discourse here. This first one was an attempt and for all I know I might have butchered the beginning "Nunc incipio." I believe it to be the correct verb conjugation. That being said, I am no Latin scholar, but hopefully this will get all to be more interested in Latin as it is our cultural and religious lingual heritage.

In closing, I wish to note that these posts are meant to be only a guide, a starting point for those seeking more in Christ Jesus, and not an end-all-be-all compendium. Furthermore, I insist you go the Scripture passages and magisterial documents and read them! I implore you: explore your faith!

I shall now leave you with the passage from the beginning of the Gospel of John, which shall serve as the guiding words for this entire blog:
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be. What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." - John 1:1-5

1 comment:

morgan said...

i like it john