On August 6, the Feast of the Transfiguration of Christ, we marked the sixteenth anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s encyclical Veritatis Splendor.
Veritatis Splendor considered the basics of Christian morals. The encyclical affirms that some acts are prohibited by God; there can never be a good reason to do them.
(If you have to ask what these things are, let me answer by saying: “They are exactly what your grandmother would have said they are.”)
The Pope explained Veritatis Splendor with these words:
The good of the person lies in being in the Truth and in doing the Truth.
This essential bond of Truth-Good-Liberty is largely lost in contemporary culture.
Therefore today it is one of the proper tasks of the mission of the Church to lead people back to seeing this union.
The Law of God is not our enemy. We cannot do whatever we want, but we can and must do whatever is good for us. We are truly free when we obey God.
The encyclical is based on the following event, narrated in the Gospel:
A rich young man came to the Lord Jesus and asked Him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
The Lord told him to keep the Ten Commandments. Then He invited the pious young man to follow Him.
Jesus Christ IS the Law of God. Through the sacraments of the Church, He gives us the grace to obey Him–and to be truly free.