Saturday, May 30, 2009

Catholic Beliefs Class (Faith)

What is faith? What challenges your faith? When have questions or confusion about your faith led to personal growth?

A catechism I once read defined faith as “the virtue by which we firmly believe all the truths God has revealed, on the word of God revealing them.” But faith is more than that. Faith is also believing in God’s plan for our lives, every part of it. We must give our complete trust to Him, and being able to do that is having faith.

Living in a world of family, friends, and co-workers who do not share the same faith is always challenging. The greater challenges however come from those who have no real faith at all and as a result usually have no moral code by which to live. In today’s world your faith must be strong to stand up to those challenges the world presents.

My conversion to the Catholic Faith has been the greatest experience of personal growth I’ve ever known. The faith I have today has not always been as strong as it is now, and it didn’t come overnight either. I found the most difficult thing for me to have faith in was being worthy enough to receive God’s love. Once I overcame that dilemma the answers to my questions were easier to understand and much less confusing.


RD said...

Wow, beautifully put, so true, and a lovely reminder of how important it is for your faith to be strong to stand up to challenges in this world today.
Thank you for sharing.
And its so true, that faith grows when you ask questions and find out the answers...therefore, we should never stop learning.

Brooke H. said...

Thanks for sharing. :) I agree with RD.

The hardest thing for me in my faith journey has been letting go of selfishness in wanting to always do things my way, because I could not see how God could possibly do it another way. Since giving up on worrying about how to do something I simply obey Him and it all falls in to place.

Colleen said...

Converts make the best Catholics!

New to your blog, and love how spiritual it is...I'll be following :)

Jen said...

You are such a strong woman of Faith, and you have proven to get through so many challenges so far. Theres no doubt in my mind that as well equipped with the sword of the spirit as you are now. The chalenges in the future should be a sinch! luv ya

jennsings said...

"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see," (Heb. 11:1).

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