Our religion is a thinking religion. As an institution in perpetual pursuit of the truth, Notre Dame continually reminds me of this fact.
To be sure, the vibrant life of the mind is an immensely biblical concept. When the scholar of the law approaches Jesus and asks him what the greatest commandment is, Jesus replies, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind” (Mt. 22:37). Notice that Jesus did not leave out the mind. Because we were created in the image and likeness of God, we have the ability to reason, even about eternal realities. As the sons and daughters of an infinitely intelligent Father, we have a hunger for the truth, and—more importantly—we have the means to find the truth.
What does this mean for us today It means that we must never allow our comfort to blind us to the truth or dissuade us from wholeheartedly seeking it. When was the last time you allowed your reason to feed your faith When was the last time you committed your life to the Truth (“Truth” with a capital “T”) as opposed to convenient beliefs that allow you to live a comfortable life Is your life such a passionate search for the truth that you are willing to forsake all things for the sake of the truth As Christians, it’s crucial that we seek the Lord not just with our hearts, but also with our minds—and that we do so with all our strength. Our spiritual liberation requires nothing less. “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (Jn. 8:32).