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Caroline Cappuccio, January 9 in
The Seven Liberal (Liberating) Arts
Professor Kern's stated convictions brought to mind Deuteronomy 8:3 and Matthew 4:4, "Man does not live by bread alone, but by the Word of God." It is by the Word, through, the Word, and in the Word that we live, and move, and have our being (Acts 17:28). These statements also bring to mind Aristotle's statement about humans being distinct because we are speaking beings. Jesus is the Living Word. His Word is living and active in our lives, nourishing, transforming, and renewing our heart, soul, mind, and strength to love Him first and foremost and to rightly love our neighbors and all creation. We hide His Word in our heart so that we might not sin against Him (Psalm 119:11). His Word is a lamp to our feet, a light for our path, a sword for our defense against the Devil. His word and His Holy Spirit in us are the God-inspired, God-given means to know Him and make Him known, to receive salvation in Christ alone, to know how we should live as Christ in and for the world, and an incomparable comfort and peace for our souls.
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