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<< Saturday, February 1, 1997 >>
 
Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19
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Luke 1 Mark 4:35-41
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WHAT IS FAITH?

 
"Faith is confident assurance concerning what we hope for, and conviction about things we do not see." —Hebrews 11:1
 

We are saved by grace through faith (Eph 2:8). "All depends on faith, everything is grace" (Rm 4:16). Therefore, faith in the Lord is absolutely necessary. However, this presents a problem because we are lacking in faith (see Mk 4:40). Jesus asks: "When the Son of Man comes, will He find any faith on the earth?" (Lk 18:8) We must cry out to the Lord: "I do believe! Help my lack of faith!" (Mk 9:24, our transl.)

"Faith is confident assurance" (Heb 11:1). It is a solid, substantial, assurance of security, stability, affirmation, and unconditional love. We can rest assured, for the Lord is our Rock (see Ps 18:3) and our Abba (see Mt 6:9). We are securely held in His loving arms.

Faith is the result of a very good relationship. To have such substantial, confident assurance of God's love, we must truly and deeply know the Lord. Jesus taught and prayed: "Eternal life is this: to know You, the only true God, and Him Whom You have sent, Jesus Christ" (Jn 17:3). Paul prayed: "I wish to know Christ" (Phil 3:10). We too should pray to know God so as to have faith in Him.

 
Prayer: Father, may my love for You result in faith in You. May this faith cause me to experience the "breadth and length and height and depth of Christ's love" (Eph 3:18). May this deeper love result in deeper faith, etc.
Promise: "All of these died in faith." —Heb 11:13
Praise: Lucia, a non-Catholic, felt an inspiration to attend a Catholic Mass. At the elevation of the host during the consecration, she saw a light come from the Eucharist and felt the light penetrate her heart. She became a Catholic and has a ministry of teaching the Bible to children.
 
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, August 1, 1996
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, August 6, 1996
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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