Gustav Klimt (1862–1918)
oil on cavas
Gustav Klimt: Egypt
Painting in one of the spandrels on the north wall of the Main Staircase of the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
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|veritas||truth||A motto of the Roman Catholic Order of Preachers, and the motto of many educational institutions, including Harvard University (albeit truncated), Cabra Dominican College, and Bishop Lynch High School.|
|veritas aequitas||truth [and] justice|
|veritas, bonitas, pulchritudo, sanctitas||truth, goodness, beauty, [and] sanctity||Motto of Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan.|
|veritas Christo et ecclesiae||truth for Christ and church||The de iure motto of Harvard University, United States, which dates to its foundation; it is often shortened to veritas to remove its original religious meaning.|
|veritas cum libertate||truth with liberty||Motto of Winthrop University.|
|veritas curat||truth cures||Motto of Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research.|
Jesus Christ, the true light that enlightens everyone
1. Called to salvation through faith in Jesus Christ, "the true light that enlightens everyone" (Jn 1:9), people become "light in the Lord" and "children of light" (Eph 5:8), and are made holy by "obedience to the truth" (1 Pet 1:22).
This obedience is not always easy. As a result of that mysterious original sin, committed at the prompting of Satan, the one who is "a liar and the father of lies" (Jn 8:44), man is constantly tempted to turn his gaze away from the living and true God in order to direct it towards idols (cf. 1 Thes 1:9), exchanging "the truth about God for a lie" (Rom 1:25). Man's capacity to know the truth is also darkened, and his will to submit to it is weakened. Thus, giving himself over to relativism and scepticism (cf. Jn 18:38), he goes off in search of an illusory freedom apart from truth itself.
But no darkness of error or of sin can totally take away from man the light of God the Creator. In the depths of his heart there always remains a yearning for absolute truth and a thirst to attain full knowledge of it. This is eloquently proved by man's tireless search for knowledge in all fields. It is proved even more by his search for the meaning of life. The development of science and technology, this splendid testimony of the human capacity for understanding and for perseverance, does not free humanity from the obligation to ask the ultimate religious questions. Rather, it spurs us on to face the most painful and decisive of struggles, those of the heart and of the moral conscience.
IOANNES PAULUS PP. II