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Martin Luther King, Jr. once said that “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

Each day we encounter the incomprehensible, we often do not see the “whole staircase.”  There are so many opportunities for us to demonstrate faith in ourselves, in others and mostly in God.  When I was in Uganda several years ago, I was touched by the parish community’s heartfelt rendition of the Creed each Sunday. These were people who had little.  The church itself had a dirt floor, simple benches, and no glass on the windows. People had walked from as far away as eight kilometers to come to Mass.  The Creed was sung with alacrity, resounding in the tiny church to the beat of drums and homemade instruments.  With each sung article of the Creed, the refrain was almost shouted:  “YES, LORD, I BELIEVE!”

Still today, I try to sing this in my heart. We do not understand so many things in life: the death of a young person, “YES, LORD, I BELIEVE!” The destruction and suffering caused by a typhoon, “YES, LORD, I BELIEVE!”  The conflict in a neighborhood or in a family, “YES, LORD, I BELIEVE!” The anxiety of unemployment, “YES, LORD, I BELIEVE!”  The debilitating aging process, “YES, LORD, I BELIEVE!”

If we have faith, we know that in all things, God is still here. That knowledge doesn’t take away the pain, but it does give us a measure of hope.  Pope Francis is a man of hope, a leader who reaches out to the neediest among us.  He is not afraid to embrace suffering humanity and to give us an example of what it means to live a life of faith and integrity.  As we come to the end of the Year of Faith, hopefully our faith is deeper, stronger, and more embracing of those whose lives we touch.  And if we still feel we have work to do, we can always make a commitment to make the next day, the next week, or the next year another time of faith, and give ourselves another chance to fall more deeply in love with the God who loves us so much!

I read the following statement recently about faith and our need to continually work at it:  “I was playing on the surface of my faith most of the time and not plunging into its depths.  I was splashing about in the shallow waters, when I needed to be scuba diving.” (Tom Mangan)

So, how about it?  Will you continue the journey of faith?  Will you join me in the scuba dive?

God didn’t promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, or sun without rain,

but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way.

If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.

-Sister Marie Paul Grech, SND


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