I am starting.
Prayer is a powerful thing, and now that God has placed me in an environment that is steeped with prayer, the inspiration I received way back at Easter to start this blog of my effort and experience at living out what the Holy Father is preaching can not be ignored.
This past week Pope Benedict has spoken about lots of things, but one in particular really stuck out to me. Last Wednesday, the Holy fathers Audience was all about Faith, and he spoke about the huge role St. Thomas Aquinas had in teaching the faith.
“To those who object that faith is foolish because it makes us believe something that does not enter into the experience of the senses, St. Thomas offers a very detailed response, claiming that this is an inconsistent objection because human intelligence is limited and cannot know everything”
So I can’t know everything. Well, thats not really news to me. I come face to face with that fact every day. You see, I am one of those people who sometimes (read: all the time) say things even if I don’t really know what I am talking about. Only later do I realize that people are believing that wherever the place we are trying to get is only two block away, and they only believe that because I said so, but really I have no idea where it is!!!
So the Pope is talking about faith, and how it’s intelligent to have faith to fill in those gaps where we are incapable of knowing everything. As in, I don’t know what happens after I die, I won’t until I get there, so instead of claiming there is nothing because just because I don’t know it, faith can step in and I can trust God knows whats next, I don’t have to.
I like this part too;
“Indeed, in a time such as our own of renewed commitment to evangelisation, catechism and preaching must never lack the following fundamental themes: what we believe, i.e., the Creed; what we pray, i.e., the Our Father and the Ave Maria; and what we live as biblical revelation teaches us, i.e., the law of the love of God and neighbour and the Ten Commandments”
Thats going to be what I want to work on this week.
Remembering those three elements and trying to focus on all three, not just which ever one is handy or easiest. Especially since I am doing evangelical work, it should be a good opportunity to try to include what I beleive, what I pray, and what I live…
Its also a good motivation to make sure I am really believing, praying and living faithfully!
Pray for me!
P.S. Here’s a link to read more of what the Pope said: http://www.radiovaticana.org/en1/Articolo.asp?c=402906