|Early photo of Sister Lucia|
While I was at Mass yesterday morning, I noticed a meditation written by Sister Lucia Santos, the Carmelite nun who was the eldest of the three children who saw Our Lady of Fatima in 1917.
The first call which God addresses to us through his messenger is … a call to faith: My God, I believe.
Our faith journey begins when we can profess our faith in God’s existence. It is my impression that fewer and fewer people are willing to take this initial step. I feel sad about this lack of faith in God and pray daily that everyone will come to know and believe in God.
Faith is the basis of the entire spiritual life. It is by faith that we believe in the existence of God, in his power, his wisdom, his mercy, his work of redemption, his pardon and his fatherly love.
Faith as a theological virtue is infused in those baptized “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” Most Catholics want their children baptized as soon as possible. I was baptized within three weeks of my birth. My daughter was baptized the day after she was born. Some Christians think that baptism in infancy is too early, because the child is unaware or doesn’t understand. While this may or may not be true, I have faith that God can communicate with anyone at their level of understanding. God communicates, through grace, his very presence in all the baptized.
It is by faith that we believe in God’s Church, founded by Jesus Christ, and in the doctrine the Church transmits to us and by which we shall be saved.
Some people are able and willing to profess belief in God, but not in God’s Church. Some do believe in the Church but not in all that the Church professes and teaches. Why? What blocks them? Probably there’s no single answer.
It is the light of faith that guides our steps, leading us by the narrow way that leads to heaven. It is by faith that we see Christ in others, loving, serving, and helping them when they are in need of our assistance.
I like to think of faith as a light, a light that illuminates the darkness and helps us see the truth. There is an expression, “the eyes of faith.” There was a time in my own faith journey when it was difficult for me to “see” Christ in others. It didn’t stop me from loving, serving or helping them, though. People like Blessed Mother Teresa have been a good, saintly example to those of us who are blind to Christ’s presence in others.
And it is also our faith that assures us that God is present within us, that his eyes are always upon us. They are eyes of Light, almighty and immense, which extends everywhere, sees everything, and penetrates all things with the unique clarity proper to the Divine Son alone, as compared with which the sun, which we see and which warms us, is no more than a pale reflection, a fragile spark emanating from the Light of the immense being which is God.
When you’re up and about, do you sense God’s eyes looking at you and noticing you? There was a time when I was constantly aware of this. Although my belief in God hasn’t waned, I don’t have the awareness as constantly as I once did.
Faith generates confidence and is a comfort, especially when there’s such an assault on faith from secular and diabolical forces. Sister Lucia’s sun analogy is very apt. The physical sun, a tiny piece of creation, yet so luminous, is a mere speck compared with the power of the Creator of all. This puts reality in perspective.
These few lines penned by Sister Lucia inspire my own faith and motivate me to read more of what she has to say.
Although I found Sisters words in Magnificat, they are an excerpt from the book “Calls” from the Message of Fatima. It sounds like a good book for spiritual reading. Although out of print, used copies are available.
I first published this two years ago.