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DeSales Student Wins Theology Essay Contest

A student at DeSales University in Center Valley, Penn., is the 2013 winner of the Father Michael J. McGivney College Essay Contest, the College announced today.

DeSales junior Daniel Drain, a philosophy and theology major, won the contest with his essay, "Creatio Logisai."  Contest entrants were required to write on thefollowing theme:

“In reality it is only in the mystery of the Word made flesh that the mystery of man truly becomes clear . . . Christ . . . in the very revelation of the mystery of the Father and of his love, fully reveals man to himself.” (Gaudium et spes, 22) Write an essay commenting on the meaning of this passage from Gaudium et spes for the relationship of “continuity and fulfillment” between faith and reason, referring also to following quotation from Fides et Ratio 43, concerning the synthesis of Thomas Aquinas: “Faith therefore has no fear of reason, but seeks it out and has trust in it. Just as grace builds on nature and brings it to fulfillment, so faith builds upon and perfects reason. Illumined by faith, reason is set free from the fragility and limitations deriving from the disobedience of sin and finds the strength required to rise to the knowledge of the Triune God. Although he made much of the supernatural character of faith, the Angelic Doctor did not overlook the importance of its reasonableness; indeed he was able to plumb the depths and explain the meaning of this reasonableness. Faith is in a sense an 'exercise of thought'; and human reason is neither annulled nor debased in assenting to the contents of faith, which are in any case attained by way of free and informed choice.”

The Father McGivney essay contest is run annually by the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family "to encourage deeper reflection on the themes of culture, person, God, love, marriage, and family, especially as developed in the theological work of John Paul II and Benedict XVI," according to the Institute.

DeSales University is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.

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