11 Nov

“Only faith can guarantee the blessings we hope for, or prove the existence of the realities that at present remain unseen. It was for faith that our ancestors were commended.”  (Second Mass Reading, Hebrews 11:1-2; 8-19)

“…Let us prayerfully reflect on what some holy people have said about ‘faith’:

  • Faith has to do with things that are not seen and hope with the things that are not at hand. (St Thomas Aquinas)
  • Faith is the proof of what cannot be seen. What is seen gives knowledge, not faith. (Pope St Gregory the Great)
  • For when you meet frequently the forces of Satan are annulled and his destructive power is cancelled in the concord of your faith. (St Ignatius of Antioch)
  • Faith furnishes prayer with wings, without which it cannot soar to heaven. (St John Climacus)
  • Having a clear faith, based on the creed of the Church is often labelled today as fundamentalism. Whereas relativism, which is letting oneself be tossed and swept along by every wind of teaching, look like the only attitude acceptable to today’s standards. (Pope em. Benedict XVI)
  • Someone may object that it is foolish to believe what he cannot see… Yet life in this world would be altogether impossible if we were to believe only what we can see. (St Thomas Aquinas)
  • A faint faith is better than a strong heresy. (St Thomas More)
  • How can a man say he believes in Christ if he doesn’t do what Christ commends him to do? (St Ignatius of Antioch)
  • I used to pray often during the day, and the love of God and the fear of Him increased in me more and more; my faith began to grow and my spirit was stirred, so that in one day I would say as many as hundred prayers. I used to rise at dawn for prayer, in snow, frost or rain, because of the glow of the Spirit in me. (St Patrick)
  • Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence. (Pope St John Paul II)
  • To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible. (St Thomas Aquinas)

– From: Spiritual Thought From Fr Chris, August 2016


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