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Implications of Faith – Trusting God

March 12, 2014

Trusting God Faith is a wondrous gift from God, as well as our assent to believe and trust in Him. Yet, trusting God does not always come so easily for any of us. However, if we are willing to place all of our trust and faith in God, we can expect the following:

Knowing God’s Greatness and Majesty 1 

Just think about the intricacies of how the human body works; all of its parts interacting with each other; the ability to procreate. Think about the different seasons and resulting regeneration of plant life that gives us air to breathe and food Continue reading

Persevere in Faith; Running the Race

March 7, 2014

Persevere in FaithTo persevere in faith, we must nourish our faith – we must exercise the spiritual muscle of faith, so-to-speak, or it will die within us; just like our physical muscles would atrophy if we remain sedentary. As with physical exercise, we all vary with our spiritual exercise. This is because everyone is at a different point on their faith journey. As a society, we run the gamut from atheistic to saintly. Yet, most of us fall somewhere in between on the spectrum of faith.

So where does that leave those of us who want to grow in faith? Continue reading

Faith Helps Us Understand Moral Teaching

March 5, 2014

St Paul

As we seek to learn how faith helps us understand moral teaching, I am reminded of a biblical passage from the letter of Saint Paul to the Romans:

“For what can be known about God is evident to them because God made it evident to them. Ever since the creation of the world, his invisible attributes of eternal power and divinity have been able to be understood and perceived in what he has made”( Romans 1:19-20).

At the time of Saint Paul’s letter, the Romans were for the most part pagans, unknowledgeable in the faith, yet they possessed the innate Continue reading

Faith Seeks Understanding

March 3, 2014

Faith Seeks UnderstandingWouldn’t you like to know God better? If the answer is yes, then your faith is calling for a deeper understanding of God’s revelation (the totality of His divine plan and the mysteries of faith). This can be accomplished through reading of Scripture, regular attendance at a Bible Study Group meeting, going to Church regularly, speaking to a learned religious person.

The more that you get to know someone that you love, the greater that love is for that person. The same is true for our relationship with God. The more that we seek to understand Him, the more we Continue reading

Belief in the Unseen

February 28, 2014

Faith in God

In the “What is Faith?” post I had said, “We cannot believe, or respond as an act of faith without first having been given the grace from God to do so.” Since God graces us with the gift of faith, we are able to use our intellect and free will to believe in the unseen, where “Believing is an act of the intellect assenting to the divine truth by command of the will moved by God through grace” (Saint Thomas Aquinas ST II-II q.2, a.9).

We are invited to believe, but we are not forced to believe in Continue reading

Why Should We Embrace Faith?

February 26, 2014

Embrace FaithFaith flows forth from the First Commandment: “I am the Lord your God…You shall have no other gods before me” (Deuteronomy 5:7). In the two way relationship that we spoke of last time, God wants nothing to get between Him and our personal relationship with Him. Our relationship with Him is that important! Many times we can put the “love” of something else first; possibly money, power, fame, etc. However, if we place our relationship with God first and foremost above everything else in life, then we acknowledge His authority and accept His words revealed through Sacred Scripture.

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What is Faith? Why is Faith Important?

February 24, 2014

Faith

Let’s start with a definition of faith. It is both a gift from God, infused in us at birth, and a human act of response. By infused at birth, I mean that God gave us the capability to believe in Him when we were born. We cannot believe, or respond as an act of faith without first having been given the grace from God to do so.

Most people have heard the famous line from the Bible, “I was blind, but now I see” (John 9:25). On the surface, yes a blind man is given the gift of sight by Continue reading