Faith, prayer and life show us three different ways that we can apply the virtue of perseverance. Today we will discuss what it means to persevere in Faith. We’ll cover prayer and life in the next two reflections, with me sharing my own “perseverance in faith” story in the concluding post.
Persevere in Faith
To persevere in Faith, “we must nourish it with the Word of God.”1 That means that we need to read Scripture. The more we become acquainted with the Word of God, the more we come to know God, trust God and love God. Through the nourishment of the Word, we are able to believe in Him and all that He promises. This helps us to grow in trusting the Lord. Yet there are times when He is silent, and during these times we quickly feel abandoned. It is at these times that we must persevere in Faith. We must trust in God’s timing, and never give up.
The delivery on God’s promises comes in God’s own time, thus requiring us to persevere in faith by exercising the virtue of patience, while continuing to work on what we believe God has called us to do. To truly persevere in faith means to wait on God, believing He is always with us, will never leave us, and will guide us on our journey. While waiting on the Lord to reveal his plan, study Scripture. I have a list of passages about perseverance noted in the Virtues Guide – Second Edition. Check them out. The guide is my free gift to you. If you haven’t already downloaded it, then do so by simply clicking on the guide’s image in the sidebar.
In times of trial, persevere in faith by holding fast to your faith. Be persistent in prayer. How does prayer enter into the picture in relation to perseverance? We’ll answer that question in our next reflection. Don’t miss it!
1 Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2nd. Ed. paragraph 162, Vatican City: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 1997. Print.
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