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Faith: the Secret of Reality

Faith: the Secret of Reality

Faith is all about the deep-down essence of things, the core of being, the secret of reality.For most of us, life is so busy that concepts such as essence and core and secret of reality can sound a bit esoteric. Perhaps they elicit from us little more than a dazed look as we attempt to decipher the words."What's really important," we might be thinking, "is how I'm going to feed my family without a job, or how I'm going to protect someone I love from an unfair court case, or whether or not I'm go...
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Mary Teaches Us 4 Key Elements of Faith

Mary Teaches Us 4 Key Elements of Faith

As we approach the end of the summer, we start the month of August, a month in which we traditionally think of heaven. In the middle of the month we celebrate the Feast of Mary's Assumption into Heaven. Mary gave her life completely to God.  By becoming the mother of Jesus she also became the channel through which God’s love would enter the world. When we contemplate Mary's being assumed—body and soul— into heaven, we can learn more deeply four key elements of faith as elaborated in The Light...
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Christian Faith Proclaims God's Total Love

Christian Faith Proclaims God's Total Love

After I had a stroke at 21 years old, it took many years of introspection and struggle to dig deep enough into my soul to trust God again—to know, to be absolutely certain, that God always takes care of me. Years later when I watched a friend suffer with PTSD, I had to face that same question anew. With absolute certainty I could trust that my life was in God’s hands and that no matter how things turned out God’s hands were good and safe, but how do I encourage another to so trust?Would God ...
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Believers Are Bearers of the Gaze of Christ

Believers Are Bearers of the Gaze of Christ

When Pope Francis talks about Jesus in The Light of Faith (Lumen Fidei), he gives us many clues on how to define faith. It’s wonderful to be able to define words because a clarified and broadened understanding of a concept or term frees us to choose, to make modifications or U-turns in those places in which we feel called by God.So what are the clues about faith that Pope Francis gives us when he speaks about the fullness of Christian faith, that gift given to us by the Lord? Most simply, he st...
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Faith Is a Journey into God's Horizons

Faith Is a Journey into God's Horizons

Get faith! Have faith! Keep the faith! Believe the teachings of the Faith! At least three things seem to be communicated by these statements: trust, perseverance, and orthodox belief. And indeed, when it comes to understanding faith, this may be how most would define this virtue. Instead, I like to imagine faith as a diamond. Have you ever held a diamond up to the light? The cut of a diamond determines its beauty and quality in part by the way the cut disperses light into the colors of th...
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