St. Justin on Philosophy

Today we celebrate the feast day of St. Justin. St. Justin was always drawn to the pursuit of truth, and found that our Christian faith was the path that led to truth. He was a wonderful apologist.

From Saint of the Day:

As patron of philosophers, Justin may inspire us to use our natural powers (especially our power to know and understand) in the service of Christ and to build up the Christian life within us. Since we are prone to error, especially in reference to the deep questions concerning life and existence, we should also be willing to correct and check our natural thinking in light of religious truth. Thus we will be able to say with the learned saints of the Church: I believe in order to understand, and I understand in order to believe.

“Philosophy is the knowledge of that which exists, and a clear understanding of the truth; and happiness is the reward of such knowledge and understanding” (Justin, Dialogue with Trypho, 3).