Yesterday evening I went to an evening retreat to kick off the Year of Faith with Regnum Christi. I was invited by someone who saw me going to mass everyday and happened to walk out of mass at the same time as me. There was a speaker, Lucy Honner, who I found very interesting as she spoke about faith and what the Holy Father says about it. I even got some notes from it! She took the word ‘faith’ and broke it to five different sections on what faith must be. I will share with you what I came back with. The notes were chicken scratch…perhaps they will make sense to you!
F – Firm Foundation
Faith the rock of my life.
Faith my guiding principle.
Don’t just know and believe in Jesus, believe in His message.
Read Hebrews 11.
Actions of faith must be done with more intent.
Be and sustain.
Faith must become firmer and stronger.
A – Alive and Active
Faith is not passive and for ourselves only.
Gift from God, share and proclaim.
Faith evolves and grows, we must maintain it.
Keep the faith real.
Must leave an impression to others of my witness of faith.
I – Informed
Need exact knowledge of the faith.
Don’t be satisfied with limited information.
Pay attention to the content of our faith.
Remain up to date with realities of faith.
It is hard work, it costs, but opens outr minds.
receive and integrate.
T – Tested and Trialed
Faith is a gift to us, but we will be tested.
Can’t just make faith happen with good intent and good deeds.
Acceptance of ordinary things.
Read James 1.
Letting go, open to grace.
H – Heroic
Must be a hero of the faith.
World needs witnesses.
Be unafraid to stand up and stand out.
Risk and sacrifice own life knowing God’s presence and that He has a plan.
Faith is assurance of things hoped for.
Often times can be uncomfortable.
Be heroic in the way we pray.
Be heroic in ordinary ways.
Be heroic in relationships with others.
Be heroic in humility.
Be heroic in forgiveness.
Be heroic in the way we are called to serve.
Our creed is a summons and a charge to us. It is like a national anthem
I hope you can find something that strikes your being in these notes. I know they are not the best, but it is more than I usually get. For reading on the Year of Faith, check out the Pope’s Apostolic Letter on the Year of Faith. It will be good reading I am sure!
So, is your faith as strong and informed as it could be? What will you do in this year of faith to strengthen yourself in our Lord?