Message from Pr. Cipriano


Faith is man's response to God, who reveals himself and give himself to man, at the same time bringing man a superabundant Light as he searches for the ultimate meaning of his life.

The desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God; and God never ceases to draw man to himself. Only in God will man find the truth and happiness he never stops searching for. The dignity of man rests above all on the fact that he is called to converse with God.

In many ways, throughout history down to the present day, men have given expression to their quest for God in their religious beliefs and behavior: in their prayers, sacrifices, rituals, meditation and so forth. These forms of religious expression are so universal that one may well call man "a religious being".

The answer is "for us men and for our salvation He came down from heaven; by the power of the Holy Spirit, He became incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and was made man".

But this intimate bond of man to God can be forgotten, overlooked, or even explicitly rejected by man. Such attitudes can have different causes: revolt against evil in the world; religious ignorance or indifference; the cares and riches of this world; the scandal of bad example on the part of believers and so forth.

Although man can forget God or reject him, He never ceases to call every man to seek him, so as to find life and happiness.

Man is made to live in communion with God in whom he finds happiness. God have made man for himself, and man's heart is restless until it rests in God.

With his openness to truth and beauty, his sense of moral goodness, his freedom and the voice of his conscience, with his longings for the infinite and for happiness, man questions himself about God's existence. The world, and man, attest that they contain within themselves neither their first principle nor their final end, but rather that they participate in Being itself, which alone is without origin or end... Thus, in different ways, man can come to know that there exists a reality which is the first cause and final end of all things, a reality that everyone calls "GOD".

Fr. Cipriano Bontacchio