Faith is the greatest gift we possess and with the passing of time it becomes strong and sustaining. To possess a confident faith is a tremendous blessing. For it is only faith that can answer the most profound questions of life or make sense out of some of the mysteries of life.
Without faith, there is no reason for anything and nothing is in its proper place. Life makes no sense and becomes unbearable without God at the very center. Faith gives meaning to life. Faith also gives vision. Seeing things through the eyes of faith makes a big difference in our attitude and how we live.
Faith also adds hope to life. We need hope as much as we need food. We can’t have hope without faith. And faith results in joy. Blessed and happy are those people who discover the joy of believing, the rapture of faith in God, the ecstasy of heeding the divine invitation and holding on to God’s outstretched hand!
One thing we must keep in mind is that faith does not make everything in life crystal clear. We live in a world that seeks to know all the answers. Just because we believe does not mean we know everything. We don’t need to know all the answers. Faith is trust, not absolute certainty. That is why the sacred author penned the words, “We walk by faith and not by sight.”
Rationalists approach God and religion as something that can be understood and explained; mystics approach God as something mysterious which can neither be understood nor explained but only experienced. Logic cannot tell us everything. However, faith does not contradict reason; it goes beyond it, it transcends it. Faith is a gift of God, but God will never force Himself on anyone.
Faith is not a thing, but a relationship with God.It is something we grow in each day as we let go of our need to control life, and trust in Divine Providence to provide.
Faith is the greatest power in the world. That is what Jesus meant when he said, “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be
uprooted and tossed into the sea,’ and it would happen.”
This is a powerful way of saying that with faith what looks impossible becomes possible. As the sacred text says, “With God all things are possible!” It’s not the size of it but the quality of it that matters.
– Father Dennis, October 6, 2019