1. To speak of the truth of love, one needs to establish the primacy of God as Creator.

“If you knew the gift of God … (Jn 4:10): Faced with Samaritan woman’s thirst, which is a figure of human desire, Jesus recalls the primacy of God’s gift. Both truth and love refer to an origin that precedes us, whose ultimate source is found in God the Creator. To speak of God as Creator means to confess him as one who, in the freedom of his love, opens and sustains the space of the world, ordering it so that human beings can dwell in it and cultivate a fullness that goes beyond our human measure. To accept the Creator means, therefore, to accept the fact that in their unity truth and love are the key to understanding oneself, the world and history. Precisely this reference of love to transcendence also opens to reason a way that, starting from the experience of the truth of love, leads to the discovery of God the Creator.

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Thesis 1: Winter forest in the sun – by Stephan Kampowski, used with permission. 
Thesis 2: Anastasis Fresco, Church of the Holy Savior in Chora, Istanbul, Turkey. 
Thesis 3: Michelangelo, The Creation of Adam, Sistine Chapel, Vatican City, Shutterstock.com ID: 580194583 by  Creative Lab.. 
Thesis 4: Family – by Giuseppe Fortini, used with permission. 
Thesis 5: The Meeting of Joachim and Anna, National Museum Stockholm, Sweden, taken from Wikimedia Commons, {{PD-US-expired}}. 
Thesis 6: Shutterstock.com ID: 159564137, by Frenzel 
Thesis 7: Holy Mass, by Giuseppe Fortini, used with permission. 
Thesis 8: Heinrich Hofmann, Christ and the Rich Young Ruler, 1889, private collection of John D. Rockefeller Jr., Riverside Church, New York, taken from Wikimedia Commons, {{PD-US-expired}}. 
Thesis 9: Shutterstock.com ID: 1298718259, by Master1305. 
Thesis 10: Shutterstock.com ID: 1007039707 by Vchal. 
Thesis 11: Jesus and the Samaritan Woman at the Well, Catacomb of Via Latina, Rome. 
Thesis 12: Shutterstock.com ID: 231214222 by Arthimedes.