ERE TODAY not Sunday, we would be celebrating the feast of St. Albert the Great. From the time I venerated his tomb during World Youth Day 2005 in Köln, Albertus Magnus, O.P. has been a saint I much admire for his learning and balance of life.
Noteworthy as a philosopher and theologian (indeed, a “Doctor of the Church”), St. Albert was also well trained in the physical sciences. It is for this reason that he is the patron saint of scientists, among other things.
St. Albert had a stalwart appreciation for the compatibility of faith and reason. So, too, did St. John Paul II, who wrote a magnificent encyclical on the subject. The sense that faith and reason are not contradictory, but mutually supportive, is fundamentally lacking in much of modern society, and it needs to be reclaimed.
The tension and collaboration of fides et ratio has long been an interest of mine. This interest has found expression in numerous blog posts over the years, which I would like to share with you again today:
In honor of the feast of St. Albert the Great, I invite you to delve into the richness of our faith, which can never be separated from right reason.