What Is Faith? Part 2

Jesus heals the paralytic

So, Faith is not brainwashing, or blind belief, or self-hypnosis. Got that? I sympathise with any seeker-after-truth whose experience of Christianity is based on contact with brainwashed self-hypnotised, blind believers, the evidence for which is undeniable.

Well, this is this Catholic’s answer to what Faith is: It is an undeserved gift, that opens the mind to a transcendent dimension never before expected or experienced by that mind. It results in a paradigm shift in one’s perception of reality.

That might sound a bit hippy-trippy, and I must admit that I think a lot of mind altering drug use is driven by the innate human hunger for contact with this transcendent kingdom, though in the case of drug and alcohol abuse, it is initiated from the sub-transcendent state, rather than by invitation from above. It is a kind of gate-crashing of the Heavenly realm. Sadly, gate-crashers often crash the wrong venues and suffer the consequences, which can be disabling or fatal.

That hunger is succinctly stated by St Augustine:

Our heart is restless until it rests in You

That You is of course God. He is a person, and resting in a person is another way of describing a loving relationship with them. No amount of academic studying of love songs and poetry can prepare one for actually falling in Love. (It is in fact more of a rising than a falling, and is contrary to the gravity we are all familiar with).

Faith is being continuously sown by God, but it doesn’t always land in a receptive and fertile place. Spiritual blindness, deafness, dumbness and lameness in the recipient stifle its reception and growth. Sometimes, sadly, these disabilities are carefully nurtured by their sufferers as they have learned to live with their crippledness-what hope is there for these?

Jesus can heal all these people, but He must first be invited to do so, either by the sufferers themselves or by concerned others. I am thinking of the cripple lowered down through the roof by his friends, as pictured above.

When John the Baptist sent two disciples to enquire about Our Lord:

…Jesus making answer said to them: Go and relate to John what you have heard and seen. The blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead rise again, the poor have the gospel preached to them.

About Brother Burrito

A sinner who hopes in God's Mercy, and who cannot stop smiling since realizing that Christ IS the Way , the Truth and the Life. Alleluia!
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4 Responses to What Is Faith? Part 2

  1. Shadaan says:

    Do we know this God or he just works around and thousands or millions of years have passed without any positive except from some ancient people who spoke to this God? This god came from the thought of ancient people from the Middle East. If God is invented by their thoughts which is material within the field of time, thought says I cannot go further. It invents an entity called God. Knowing its limitations, it tries to invent the limitless which it calls God. That may be the position of our creator God. I’ve asked this question of many times and one priest told me that “Believe and then you will know; without belief you can never know.” I do not know what to think it seems to be coming back to this empty word called faith. I hope there is a God and it gives me a chill since the indicators are pointing to the fact that there is nothing there. If there is no God who is going to punish the unjust, liars, killers, and other evil that have brought immense suffering on earth. It is sad to know that most probably these people are going to walk free.

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  2. “I must admit that I think a lot of mind altering drug use is driven by the innate human hunger for contact with this transcendent kingdom”

    For sure!

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  3. Toadspitttle says:

    …or maybe just for fun?

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  4. GC says:

    Nice little mini-allusion to the parable of the sower, Brother B.

    One suspects somehow that the “good soil” referred to in Matthew 13 in not the “discursive reason”. It certainly doesn’t sound like it. That’s probably why Jesus never did Latin, Greek or hard sums at school. No, It’s something more down-to-earth than that, even subterranean?

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