On Faith: First Part

1. Faith


Considering the theme of Faith within the Church and in our own life, keeping in mind the context of the world in which we live, is extremely important. Why?

Because Faith has been impoverished by so many people, both in its contents and meaning. In fact many think they have Faith just because they say that God exists. This statement does not have any impact on their lives but for them this is not a problem as they are not even aware of it. Others think that faith means going to church for mass on feast days, praying the rosary, saying morning and evening prayers and giving one coin or two to a poor they encounter here and there. I do not say that these things do not have any value; I say that faith is a reality much richer than the practices I have mentioned. I say also that those practices must be expressions of that faith that generates life and nourishes it.

Holy Scriptures present faith as the source of fullness of life within the context of creative relationships: with God, with ourselves, with others and with creation.

As we move on in life, we give an answer to God’s plan of salvation in history, through faith lived as trust in Him, surrender to him and commitment for the growth of the Kingdom in communion with all. These realities generate within us serenity, joy and passion for Mission.