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The Need for Faith

"This is the victory that overcomes the world: our faith." (I Jn 5:4) ["Haec est victoria quae vincit mundum: fides nostra."

"The just man lives by faith." (Rom 1:17; Heb 10:38; Gal 3:11). ["Iustus ex fide vivit."]

"Mere man with his natural gifts cannot take in the thoughts of God's Spirit; they seem mere folly to him, and he cannot grasp them, because they demand a scrutiny that is spiritual." (I Cor 2:14) ["Animalis autem homo non percipit ea, quae sunt Spiritus Dei: stultitia enim est illi, et non potest intelligere."]

"But if anyone of you is wanting in wisdom, let him ask it of God, who gives abundantly to all men, and does not reproach; and it will be given to him. But let him ask with faith, without hesitation. For he who hesitates is like a wave of the sea, driven and carried about by the wind. Therefore, let not such a one think that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways." (James 1:5-8)

"For those who love God, everything works for the good." (Rom 8:28) ["Diligentibus Deum, omnia cooperantur in bonum."]

"'To him who believes, everything is possible.' ...'Lord, I do believe; succor my unbelief!'" (Mk 9:23-24) ["'Omnia possibilia sunt credenti. Credo, Domine: sed adiuva incredulitatem meam."]

From God's Vantage Point

"Nay, but who art thou, friend, to bandy words with God?  Is the pot to ask the potter, 'Why hast thou fashioned me thus?' Is not the potter free to do what he will with the clay, using the same lump to make two objects, one for noble and one for ignoble use?" (Rom 9:20-21) ["O homo, sed tu quis es, qui respondeas Deo? Numquid dicet figmentum ei, qui se finxit: Quid me fecisti sic?  An non habet potestatem figulus luti ex eadem massa facre aliud quidem vas in honorem, aliud vero in ignominiam?"]

"How deep is the mine of God's wisdom, of his knowledge; how inscrutable are his judgments, how undiscoverable his ways!  Who has ever understood the Lord's thoughts, or been his counsellor?" (Rom 11:33-35) [O altitudo divitiarum et sapientiae et scientiae Dei! Quam incomprehensibilia sunt iudicia eius et investigabiles viae eius!  'Quis enim cognovit sensum Domini? Aut quis prior dedit illi, et retribuetur ei?'"]

"Man is like a little mouse in a piano, which cannot understand why it must be disturbed by someone playing Chopin and forcing it to move off the piano wires." (FJ Sheen, Lift Up Your Heart, p 144)

"Things no eye has seen, no ear has heard, no human heart conceived, the welcome God has prepared for those who love him." (I Cor 2:9) [Quod oculus non vidit, nec auris audivit, nec in cor hominis ascendit, quae praeparavit Deus iis qui diligunt illum."]

Miracles are the prize of faith, not its price.

"Sometimes the immediate future is full of worries, if we stop seeing things in a supernatural way.
"So, faith, my child, faith--and more deeds.  In that way it is certain that our Father-God will continue to solve your problems." (Bl J Escriva, The Forge, 657)

Don't ever panic.
God knows what he's doing.
And he never fails.

"Who will separate us from the love of Christ?  Will affliction, or distress, or persecution, or hunger, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? ... Of this I am fully persuaded; neither death nor life, no angels or principalities or powers, neither what is present nor what is to come, no force whatever, neither the height above us nor the depth beneath us, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which comes to us in Christ Jesus our Lord."  (Rom 8:35-36, 38-39)

"The mountains melt like wax in the presence of the Lord." (Ps 96) ["Montes sicut cera fluxerunt a facie Domini."]

Living Faith

"Never tell thyself, need thou hast none, there is no more good can befall thee; never flatter thyself, thou art master of thy own lot, no harm can touch thee now." (Sir 11:27) ["Ne dicas: 'Sufficiens mihi sum.'"]

"Be doers of the word, not hearers only, deceiving yourselves." (James 1:22)

"Without means but with Faith, the first Christians changed the ancient world; now, with lots of means and little Faith, we have gone back a good part of the way." (F Suarez)

"You live in an age that is twisted out of its true pattern, and among such people you shine out, beacons to the world..." (Phil 2:15)

Some Scenes from Scripture

Blind Man, The Cure of (Jn 9:7)
Blind Man along the Way, The (Mk 10:46-52)
Boy Possessed by a Dumb Spirit, The (Mk 9:13-28)
Fig Tree that Dried Up, The (Mt 21:18-21)
Lunatic, The Cure of (Mt 17:14-20; cf Mk 9:13-28)
Woman with the Hemorrhage, The (Mt 9:21)