Well, ‘tis been quite some time since I have posted some real substance to this blog. So, I am going to try to make some small amendment. For the next three days, I’m going to compose a kind of mini cyber-retreat about the three Theological Virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity. Each post will take the following form:
- A Scripture quotation or quote from a Saint or the Catechism of the Catholic Church (depending upon what the Lord leads me to) concerning the respective Virtue.
- My own thought’s concerning the respective virtue
- A concluding prayer or meditation (again, either or as the Lord sees fit)
The Theological Virtues are “the foundation of Christian moral activity; they animate it and give it it’s special character (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1813).” It is vital, in these times of moral stagnancy, for Catholics to live these virtues with enthusiasm and boldness. Sadly, all too many of us have shaky foundations, because of ignorance in the way of these virtues. Let us together cast out into the deeper recesses of our Holy Catholic Faith as together we seek to grow deeper in the Theological Virtues.
Day 1 – Faith
“Now faith is the substance of things to be hoped for, the evidence of things that appear not (Hebrews 11:1).”
“Faith is the theological virtue by which we believe in God and believe in all that he has said and revealed to us, and that the Holy Church proposes for our belief, because He is truth itself (CCC 1814).” Faith is the virtue that empowers us to believe. Having Faith enables us to trust in the promises of Our Lord, even when they seem mysterious and when we don’t fully understand. We live in an imperfect world, and our lack of faith is a contributing cause of our brokenness.
We, in our modern arrogance, feel that we must completely comprehend anything to believe it – and this attitude is most obstructive when developing a strong, Christian relationship with Our Lord. He has purposely hidden much in mystery, not to confound us, but rather to bring us closer to Himself. You see, we can be children of the Heavenly Father only if we first learn to accept what we cannot fully grasp with our feeble human intellects and yet, to still believe with all our heart. As St. John of the Cross so eloquently says: “All apprehension and knowledge of supernatural things cannot help us to love God so much as the least act of living faith and hope made in detachment from all things (The Ascent of Mount Carmel, iii).”
You who so often said “Go in peace, your Faith has saved you,” please teach us to have Faith. Grant us the peace of believing in you, even when we cannot understand you. Indeed, our finite minds can never fully comprehend You the Infinite God. Nevertheless, do not allow our imperfections to bar us from believing in your perfection. Teach us to believe! Amen.