03 May 2007

On Origen of Alexandria (Part II)

The Holy Father devoted his Wednesday Audience Address to his continuing reflections on the person of Origen of Alexandria.

For Origen, said the Pontiff, "understanding Scripture requires more than mere study. It requires an intimacy with Christ and prayer. He is convinced that the priviledged path to knowing God is love and that one cannot give an authentic 'scientia Christi' [knowledge of Christ] without falling in love with him."

Indeed, "the highest level of knowing God, according to Origen, comes from loving him. It is the same with human relationships: One only really knows the other if there is love, if they open their hearts." [more]

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