Fall 1964

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Looking at the signs of the times, we can anticipate an enrichment of Christian life, doctrine, and practice by the influence of the Word of God. The Scriptures--proclaimed in the liturgy, preached in the homily, taught by catechesis, penetrated by theology-will continue to impregnate the minds of Christians. Biblical language--concrete, historic, imaginative, but also con¡ ceptual and embodying a process of spiritualization-will once again become meaningful and even familiar. A doctrinal synthesis corresponding to the Summa of St. Thomas in a modem version still is not on the foreseeable horizon; but a unification toward a living, clearly perceived center is already in progress. Insofar as we can foresee, Vatican II will initiate this movement.