Pope Francis offers a profound and compelling reflection on humanity's need for faith in his first encyclical, Lumen Fidei, which completes the work of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI. Without the light of faith, he writes, "all other lights begin to dim." Speaking of those today who view faith as a kind of darkness or only to be sought when reason fails, the Holy Father says faith "sees things as Jesus himself sees them." Far from divorcing us from reality, our faith in Jesus "enables us to grasp reality's deepest meaning and to see how much God loves this world."
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