Catholic Charismatic Church  - There was a time when faith was not found wanting.

Increase our Faith

A person cannot be called faithful until his or her faith is tested and the test is passed. Many of us have had moments of deep despair, moments when our world seems to be coming apart.  These moments come  from a variety of human experiences: being fired from a job, severe financial crisis, making a humiliating mistake, the abandonment of a close friend, divorce, the knowledge that a loved one – or even ourselves has a serious  illness or the death of a loved one.  These crisis and others, all of them painful  and potentially  life changing can drive us into a pit of despair and often  we fear we shall never survive the pain.  

Most people no longer active in their faith point to moments in their lives in which they felt utterly abandoned themselves.  They doubted God’s concern, if not His very existence and gave in to despair and subsequent cynicism, leaving the faith.   For those of us who have suffered these terrible moments, St. Paul stands  before us patron and example.   Paul wrote to Timothy from prison knowing that he, Paul, was to be executed very soon. Paul had been imprisoned once before,  house arrest actually,  but the first time, believers sought Paul out and never left him alone in his confinement.  Paul’s current imprisonment is different however.

In July A.D. 64,  during the reign of  Nero, half of Rome was destroyed by fire.  The populace, believing that Nero probably set the fire himself  was furious and pointing fingers, so Nero tried to blame the fire on the Jews of Rome. No one believed the Jews would do such a thing, so Nero blamed the strange and not well understood Christians. Persecution thus began.  In this environment Paul was arrested, thrown in a dungeon and chained.  Christians, fearing for their lives abandoned Paul and fled.  

Today we are being challenged to stay faithful even when events force us to doubt  God, doubt God’s concern and perhaps doubt God’s very existence. Our cry could also be like that of the Apostles found in the Gospel, “increase our faith”.   We too, may find being a Christian impossible at times.

Life can be very painful.  Sometimes the pain is from the despair of human suffering.  Sometimes the despair  is from the demands of Jesus to “be perfect as my heavenly Father is perfect.”   Do not give in to despair.  We must see ourselves as servants, who do their duty believing in God and keeping to His ways, leaving despair behind.


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