Aims & Scope
There are two quotes which precisely articulate the purpose of theology. The first of these, derived from the 59th sermon of St. Isaac the Syrian, states, “The soul that loves God has its rest in God and in God alone. In all the paths that men walk in the world, they do not attain peace until they draw nigh to hope in God.” The other, from the 86th Sermon of St. Augustine, says, “I believe so that I may understand; I understand, the better to believe.” The first quote expresses one of the most basic spiritual realities of the human person, namely, that as beings created in the image and likeness of God, God is the ultimate cause, and most final end, of our lives; thus, all desires that we have are born out of our desire for God, and we will never be fully satisfied until we have reached that state of union and friendship with God for which we were made, from which we fell, and to which, through God’s plan of salvation, God wills us to return. One way in which we attain this end is through the cooperation of faith and reason, indicated by the second quote. Through the theological virtue of faith, infused into our soul by the grace of God, we are given the ability to believe in all that God has revealed to us through Scripture, Tradition, and the Church’s magisterium. Through the use of reason, we can come to terms with, and understand the implications of, that which we know through faith, thus providing a rational basis by which we can substantiate, and defend, the basic tenets of the faith.
At Caritas in Veritate, we are dedicated to seeking God through the cooperation of faith and reason. On a yearly basis, we will hold a symposium at which both students and faculty can present articles that aim to explain, defend and analyze various tenets of the Catholic faith, as well as commenting on recent events in society, politics, philosophy and academia from a Catholic and ecumenical perspective. These presentations will then be published in the yearly in the online journal Caritas in Veritate. This journal is born out of the New Evangelization, which calls upon us to dedicate our entire lives with a renewed sense of enthusiasm to spread the Gospel message, especially in the face of rapid secularization. Through stimulating both the mind and the soul to desire God more deeply, we are making manifest the evangelical nature of the Church, to make good on and to follow Christ’s final command at the Great Commission, to “go forth and make disciples of all nations.”