Saturday, January 07, 2006

Keeping the Faith

Steven at Flos Carmeli writes:

...the most useful, most effective, most reliable means of defending one's faith is to live it as it is meant to be lived, without stint, without quibble, without making a point of it.

It also occurred to me that this is by far the most difficult means of defending one's faith--one that, while not reserved to Saints, certainly most effectively demonstrated by them. Some of these Saints also defended their faith in other ways--in physical battle, in intellectual battle, in protracted debate. But others did not so engage, and yet they still won the hearts and minds and souls of a great many. I guess I would say that living your faith in its entirety is a precursor to being able to defend it in any intellectual capacity.

This pretty much describes what I feel St. Francis was calling his followers to do when he said, "Preach the Gospel at all times. If necessary, use words." In other words, JUST DO IT.


Kathryn Thompson said...

Agree. That is all.

Jennifer said...

What a great thought, although it is so much easier said than done.

I have made that basically my New Year's Resolution and it is so hard to live by.

Anonymous said...

I try so hard to live by that...but sometimes I think I fail, when I get into conversations of faith with friends. At those points, I try very hard not to be preachy but rather to just give them the facts and the truth, then allow them to make their own conversion.

Anonymous said...

I think this has become essentially the only way people in our culture receive the truth, through example. We have to SEE faith in action , because there is no longer anything called absolute truth. Eerything has been so deconstructed, and relativism reigns, "well whatever works for you, or if it's true for you, then it's ok..." Thus we are forced to try and emulate...which brings it's own traps. The best witness in the end is the understanding of Grace, and that no matter how many times we mess up- we are forgiven, and loved, and told to forgive and love others in the same manner. Out of this kind of living I think we can speak truth.