Reason needs emotions as a man needs a woman. Not because men are rational and women are emotional. Such is an outdated myth. Rather, it is because as two become one together in love in order to live as the image of God, so too do reason and emotion become complete when joined together in love.
Emotions can blind to us the full range of reality, causing us to focus on only those things that are consistent with what we are feeling. On the other hand, reason teaches us to broaden and clarify our sense of what has been and presently is. Yet, the future is not enslaved to the dictates of reason, and it is our emotions that lead us to progress towards a fruitful life. Yet, the connection between the past reality and the future possibilities that retain the dignity of the actual lives that cross the plane of time can only be found in love. All other ways either disconnect reason and emotion, split the past from the future, or deny people.
So, to plumb the depths of the divine wisdom that is rooted in love, reason and emotion must be brought together on the foundation of the love of Jesus Christ. In the cross, reason and emotion can be brought together in a way that is simultaneously closely in accord with the nature of things while also being creative and life-giving towards new, future possibilities, as we ourselves recognize and live within the deathly realities that are being transformed into new life through love.