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True Faith takes us into the unknown

January 11, 2012

In today’s Meditation of the Day in Magnificat magazine we have an excerpt from Sister Ruth Burrows’ Essence of Prayer. Sister Ruth is a Carmelite nun in Norfolk, England.

The principal labor of the Christian is to believe that divine love is the breadth and length and height and depth, and that there is simply nothing above, below, or beyond it. It is our home; it enfolds us and is our utmost security both in this life and in death and beyond. We are speaking of faith, not of feelings or intellectual grasp. For faith means a blind trust in and surrender to the God of love, and this love is too great for our human heart and mind. We are to live life no longer as our own, relying on our own pathetic vision of reality and of how God is to us, but clinging, mind and heart, to the Son of God who “loved me and sacrificed himself for me” (Gal 2: 20). We must train ourselves to renounce our natural mode of seeing and evaluating. This must be at the service of faith, yet must not be taken for faith. Without realizing it, we can call “faith” that assent we give to our own manageable ideas of God. True faith takes us into the unknown. It calls for blind trust; it calls for profound humility and surrender. This is real asceticism, the self-denial that Jesus tells us is essential if we are to be his disciples.

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