An article by Catherine Doherty from Madonna House on faith–faith in the God who loves us no matter what. Be encouraged!
Getting Ready for the Year of Faith
by Catherine Doherty.
When I was a young wife in Petrograd, the city was in chaos when the communists took over. My husband Boris and I were sleeping on the floor after everything was taken away from us.
I said to him, “Boris, I am afraid.” He yawned and said, “Why? You are a Christian.”
That was a pretty good answer, and I never forgot it. If I am a Christian, can I give way to hopelessness? No. The resurrected Christ is in our midst.
What we have to battle in this day and age is our own hopelessness. Many people are depressed. They are depressed by their image of themselves.
Well, the picture they see in the mirror is false. Then, on top of this depression and in it and over it comes a terrible loneliness.
The answer to it is so utterly simple. The answer is faith. A very small word, but one of such immense power that it can lift you to the very feet of God. Faith in who you are as a child of God, faith in what you stand for, faith in where you are going.
These days, who of us doesn’t need faith, love, peace, compassion, understanding? So many of us cannot escape the fears that bay at us like a pack of wolves at our heels.
And so many of these fears are nonsensical. Let us stop listening to them.
We don’t have to worry about our sinfulness. We just need to go to confession. And forget all that nonsense about being ugly and unlovable. Throw yourself into the arms of God who incarnated himself to become like you and me.
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