The School of Philosophy's Unified Approach
Speakers at first session of the philosophical conference “The Metaphysical Dimensions of Nature”. Fr. Rafael Martinez (Santa Croce) at the podium, and from left to right: Dr. Enrico Berti (University of Padova), Fr. Kevin Flannery (Gregorian University), and Fr. Stephen L. Brock (Santa Croce).
“Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth—in a word, to know himself—so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves.” St. John Paul II
These opening words from St. John Paul II’s encyclical on the relation between faith and reason are a succinct and beautiful expression of the principle at the core of Santa Croce’s School of Philosophy. In the history of Christian philosophy there are a few other famous expressions of this basic idea. St. Augustine wrote, “I believe in order that I may understand.” Another phrase from St. Anselm of Canterbury is his motto, “faith seeks understanding.”
The Heart of Santa Croce is
Christ in Our Students
|Fr. John Wauck|
"I see in my students the future of the Church...bishops, professors, even martyrs and saints of the 21st century."
"For me, what is most exciting about teaching at Santa Croce is seeing in the faces and behind the faces of my students the souls whose lives they will touch. Souls whom I will probably never meet in India, Africa, Latin America, Europe, North America -- and that's the future of the Church I see in my students."
"I am deeply aware when I am teaching my class that I am talking to and with people who will be professors, perhaps bishops, perhaps even martyrs and saints of the 21st century."
Father John Wauck, Professor of Literature
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