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By David Warren, The Catholic Thing, Jan. 13, 2023

David Warren is a former editor of the Idler magazine and columnist in Canadian newspapers. …


Scripture gives an account of all things that can interest a human being, from the beginning of the creation; there was nothing before that could be explained (and could inspire a valid curiosity). “In principio” is where we begin, in the great distant, but suddenly immediate, apprehension of God; and in a focus that is sharpened upon Christ Jesus.

A human mind can grasp an intelligible story, which the Bible tells. It gets lost in the world of theory, where principles are at stake. It can understand the Trinity – three Persons, abstract except to serious contemplation. This one “Godhead,” of three, and the three in one, are manifest in prayer as they are through the universe. Over a lifetime, they become familiar to him who sincerely prays, notwithstanding he is lost when he turns away. A lifetime seems necessary to grasp them. …

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