Fr. Jerry Pokorsky: God Knows We Exist

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By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture, Jun 24, 2024

Fr. Jerry Pokorsky is a priest of the Diocese of Arlington who has also served as a financial administrator in the Diocese of Lincoln. Trained in business and accounting, he also holds a Master of Divinity and a Master’s in moral theology. Father Pokorsky co-founded both CREDO and Adoremus, two organizations deeply engaged in authentic liturgical renewal. He writes regularly for a number of Catholic websites and magazines.

 

Top-rated comedians have a keen eye for absurdities. Their clever skepticism may explain why many are atheists. Thoughtful atheists exalt reason and exclude the content of faith—the acceptance of credible authority. The atheist (like Ricky Gervais) demands, “Show me the evidence of God’s existence.” Evidence abounds, of course. But we need faith—and childlike simplicity—to allow the evidence to give us a reasonable portrait of God.

The Church breathes with two lungs: faith and reason. Faith elevates, directs, and endows reason with meaning. Mary pondered the meaning of Gabriel’s words she received in faith. Jesus calms the sea, demonstrating His power over the ominous, volatile, and uncontrollable elements (cf. Mk 4:35-41). For those with the eyes of faith, Jesus reveals his divinity. Only God has such dominion. The apostles had sufficient evidence to make this conclusion—especially after the Resurrection. With good reason, we place our trust in their testimony and the authority of the Church’s Deposit of Faith. We believe, and our faith is reasonable. …

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