THE CONSTANT AND FEARLESS FAITH OF MOSES
You will be sanctified through faith and meekness. And your meekness will remain unblemished, if faith precedes it. But it must be a faith that is true and unfeigned; a faith not dead but living and vigorous. And not only living and vigorous, it must be the constant and fearless faith of Moses of which Saint Paul writes: “By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the fierceness of the king.” Kings are fierce but faith is fiercer, for it sees that their power has no foundation. Because of this it scorns all the folly of those who persecute it, secure in its own superiority. It is more ready and strong to endure to the end than their fury is to persecute…
Faith is laid down as the groundwork and foundation upon which those everlasting goods we hope for are to rest. Without this faith it is impossible to please God, with it, it is impossible to displease him. “Your eyes, O Lord, are upon faith,” said he who forever stood in your sight through faith. And indeed it is only right and fitting, in fact you owe it to us, that your eyes, Lord, should return the gaze of faith, because my eyes are always upon the Lord who replies in all sincerity: “You understand what faith is.”
BEING SANCTIFIED THROUGH FAITH AND MEEKNESS
The faith which now stands before God anxious to behold his will, will then stand before him serenely to behold his glory. Be watchful, brethren, stand firm in your faith. The man whom faith arouses with sense of wonder and awe is not able to slumber through negligence; the one whom faith establishes in hope cannot falter through lack of confidence. But let all that you do be done in love so that meekness is joined in faith until it may be said of each one of you: “The Lord sanctified him through his faith and meekness.” May the Holy of Holies grant you this, who lives and reigns through endless ages. Amen.
– Bl. Guerric of Igny, 12th century