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Week of November 18, 2002
Collins explains the spiritual ladder
By RENATO GANDIA
"We live with one foot of the ladder in this world and the other in heaven."
- Archbishop Thomas Collins
"This theological college is rooted in the local Church because it depends on the spiritual and material support of the community of faith which it serves."
But the other end of this spiritual ladder is planted in the unseen world of divine providence and grace, which form the essential context for the life of discipleship, emphasized the archbishop.
Present at the graduation were Justice Cecilia Johnstone, the college chancellor, Dr. Christophe Potworowski, college president, Franciscan Father Don MacDonald, dean of theology, Father Louis-Paul Gauvreau, rector of St. Joseph Seminary and Dr. Dan Kingdon, vice dean of theology.
In his address, Collins likened the study of theology to touching the mysteries of faith through the use of mental faculties.
"We touch the mysteries of faith that surpass the capacity of our mind and that is the beauty of it"
Studying theology requires pauses from the distracting world of busyness. It also engages contemplation not simply to marvel at the mysteries of faith, but so graduates go back refreshed and illuminated for the apostolic life, said the archbishop. "If Newman is a ladder to the unseen world, it is also a kind of institutional Sabbath."
As a scholarly community, students and faculty at Newman have the particular mission of using God-given gifts to see the path ahead and to see the enveloping context of divine providence revealed only to the light of faith, he told the audience.
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