"How does a man come to faith in the Divinity of Christ? His reason establishes certain motives of credibility, namely, (1) Anyone who comes from God should be pre-announced; (2) He should be able to work wonders and signs as an attestation that He is a Divine messenger; (3) nothing that He teaches should be [...]
"It is reason that creates motives for believing. Faith is to religion very much as credit is to business. Just as one must have a reason for giving credit, so too must one have a reason for believing." Source: Sheen Fulton, Guide to Contentment, Alba House, 2010.
"Faith today is identified with a kind of feeling or instinctive urge toward the acceptance of an idea. Very few today realize that reason is the prelude to faith. Whether they know it or not, they follow the philosophy of Jean Jacques Rouseau, who wrote to Dom Deschamps in 1762, 'Order and method are your [...]
"The State must inevitably face the question of how justice can be achieved here and now. But this presupposes an even more radical question: what is justice? The problem is one of practical reason; but if reason is to be exercised properly, it must undergo constant purification, since it can never be completely free of [...]
"The keenness of the mind is blunted by bodily pleasures, how much more, in the region of revealed truths, do these same pleasures obscure the light of faith, or even, by the just judgment of God, entirely extinguish it. For these pleasures at the present day an insatiable appetite rages, infecting all classes as with [...]
"From God’s standpoint, faith liberates reason from its blind spots and therefore helps it to be ever more fully itself. Faith enables reason to do its work more effectively and to see its proper object more clearly." Source: Pope Benedict XVI, God is Love: Deus Caritas Est, Ignatius Press, 2006.
"Faith acts to purify reason, because of its ability to see and decide correctly. So the Church’s task is that of healing reason and strengthening the desire for the good. In this sense – without engaging in politics herself – the Church participates passionately in the battle for justice." Source: Pope Benedict XVI, God [...]
"It is by this capacity (reason and understanding) the soul drinks in wisdom, and becomes endowed with those virtues by which, in prudence, fortitude, temperance, and righteousness, it makes war upon error and the other inborn vices, and conquers them by fixing its desires upon no other object than the supreme and unchangeable Good." [...]
"The demands of love do not contradict those of reason." Source: Pope Benedict XVI, CARITAS IN VERITATE (Charity in Truth), 6/29/2009