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Chapter 44

Faith

 

Let nothing disturb you, nothing frighten you.
All things are passing.
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things.
He who possesses God,
lacks nothing.
God alone suffices.
—St. Teresa of Avila

 

 

In the Gospel, the word “believe” means more than blind faith.  It means to know, by experience, the presence and power of God, the love and life of Jesus Christ, the working of the Holy Spirit in our mind and heart, and to hope and trust in God above all.  This living faith leads to love and obedience, to give to God all that we have, to do with as He pleases, because we know that He deserves to be loved above all, and in Him alone can we be free of sin and sadness, falsehood and fear, and full of Love and Life in Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit, to the glory of God the Father.  “Those who hope in the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall soar up on wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)  Give to God your hopes and dreams, your problems and pains, your future and your fears.  Give to Him your past and plans, your cares and concerns, yes, even your most evil sin, everything!  Give it all to God and pray, “Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”  Give it all to Him who said, “the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” (Matt. 10:30)  He will take care of you and provide for all your needs, both human and spiritual, through the Flame of Love and the working of Divine Providence.  “Seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness (being right with Him),” and everything else will take care of itself, with our cooperation. (Matt. 6:33)  “I believe, Lord; help my unbelief.” (Mark 9:24)

 

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