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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Gift of Faith

"During his lifetime Elijah feared no one, nor was any man able to intimidate his will." Sir 48:13

The strength we have as believers is not our own. It is a gift from God, and though it usually is a fuller expression of the gifts we have naturally, faith gives us the courage to live in a way that highlights the work of God is us. Faith becomes not something we possess but a way of life, and when it does, wonderful things are possible.

Elijah is a powerful example of a faith filled man. A prophet who seemed to come out of nowhere, his faith was so strong that his life and ministry were compared to a flaming furnace and a fire that scorched the earth. More important, his faith was so deep that he feared no one because he knew that God was the source of his power and would be his voice.

Faith is not something that we should ever take for granted. Rather, we need to work everyday to build it up and practice it, otherwise we will forget its power and possibility. Some form of daily prayer and reflection, the weekly Eucharist and regular service to those in need help us both to grow in faith and spread it by the witness of our lives.

Today, ask God to deepen your faith.

What practices most help you live your faith?

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