There are some topics in which I struggle to speak. I am just not comfortable with the subject matter. Why? Because I don’t spend enough time dealing with it. I can read about it and understand it intellectually, but can I live it? Can I put that which is in my head into my heart? Can I imprint it onto my soul?
I know it is there. I can’t see it, but I know beyond the shadow of a doubt that it is true. That it is there.
The universe works in its own perfect order. Even that which seems chaotic is a part of its nature. Will the sun come up tomorrow? I have no reason to believe otherwise. No matter how bad things get, the sun will rise and begin a new day. In this, I have faith. In this, I can be grateful that there will always be a light at the end of the time of darkness. But what if I am wrong, and a day comes when the sun is no longer there? This is out of my power to control. I will close my eyes and remember the times of light until my last hour.
There are some people that I have a tremendous amount of faith in. I can know that there is no wavering with them. They are exactly as I have come to expect them to be, and I can trust them to be just that. Can they break that faith? Of course. But that is outside of my power and until then I will continue to hold that faith.
Within me. Within the fabric of my soul, I believe. I don’t know what it is. I can’t see it. But I know that if I keep doing what I am doing, the days ahead of me will be filled with sunshine. I will no longer live in the darkness of my past but will continually be walking toward the light. In this, I have faith that as I practice the virtues that I study, I will become more virtuous.
The belief that becomes truth for me…is that which allows me the best use of my strength, the best use of putting my virtues into action. – André Gide
Be not afraid. The light will come. Even in the darkest of times, the light will come. In this, you can have faith.
Tony- great thoughts on faith. Our Christian faith is based so much in things we cannot see or touch or hear but we can feel in our hearts. The Holy Spirit inspires us to seek God in all areas of our lives which gives us the strength to “put our virtues into action.”
Father Eckert often says that the Bible references God telling us to “Be Not Afraid” 366 times throughout the Bible, once for every day of the year and an extra one for the day you need it most!