Head & Heart
Fr. John bullock, LC
‘Head & Heart: Engaging Culture from a Catholic Perspective’
‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ [Mk 12:30].
Do we follow Jesus Christ with our head or with our heart?
We must use our intellect in following Our Lord. That is why he gave us one. 'It is an illusion to think that faith, tied to weak reasoning, might be more penetrating; on the contrary, faith then runs the grave risk of withering into myth or superstition.’ [i]
Nevertheless, we grasp that a relationship cannot be merely on the level of ideas. We love with our whole being, which is symbolized by the heart.[ii] ‘Love is the only way to grasp another human being in the innermost core of his personality. No one can become fully aware of the very essence of another human being unless he loves him.’[iii] This applies to our relationship with God. The more we love him, the better we understand him.
That is why the Gospel synthesis of loving God ‘with all your heart… soul… mind, and… strength’ is so complete. 'God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth—in a word, to know himself’[iv].
We, therefore, know God with head and heart.
This blog is an attempt to engage culture from a Catholic perspective with both head and heart.
There will be primarily three types of articles:
‘For the heart’ is a simple spiritual reflection meant to inspire the heart.
‘For the head’ is more of an analytical approach to current issues.
‘Review’ – is a brief review of interesting articles, books, or movies.
I hope to be engaging, challenging, respectful, and constructive.
I want to entrust this blog to the Blessed Mother and to St. Francis de Sales, patron of media.
I would appreciate your prayers, and I look forward to the conversation.
Fr. John Bullock, LC
[i] Encyclical Faith & Reason, St. John Paul II, 1998, n. 48.
[ii] Cf. Ratzinger, Message of Fatima, CDF, June 26, 2000.
[iii] Victor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning, 111.
[iv] Encyclical Faith & Reason, St. John Paul II, 1998, Preamble.