Faith is God’s precious gift, which opens our mind to know and love him. He wants to enter into relationship with us and allow us to participate in his own life in order to make our life more meaningful, better and more beautiful. God loves us! Faith, however, needs to be accepted, it needs our personal response, the courage to entrust ourselves to God, to live his love and be grateful for his infinite mercy. It is a gift, not reserved for a few but offered with generosity. Everyone should be able to experience the joy of being loved by God, the joy of salvation! It is a gift that one cannot keep to oneself, but it is to be shared. If we want to keep it only to ourselves, we will become isolated, sterile and sick Christians. The proclamation of the Gospel is part of being disciples of Christ and it is a constant commitment that animates the whole life of the Church.
Our 3rd question is:
" ‘Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?’ " (Mark 4:40)
Thanks for your message, but let me get this straight…
You say “Christians preach intolerance, so they shouldn’t be tolerated and should be silenced.”
So it follows logically that… if you’re not tolerating Christians, you’re preaching intolerance,… so you shouldn’t be tolerated and you should be silenced.
That, my friend, undoubtedly qualifies as an “epic logic fail,” so if you want to prove that you’re “smarter” than us religious folk, you’re going to have to try a little harder… ;-)
Live long and prosper…
- Father Shane
What a great question! I think the key to the answer is in the nature of prayer itself: Prayer always means, as the Psalmist says, “seeking God’s face,” which means the same as seeking his Will and seeking his Love.
More than making demands on God, we discover who we are as created children of his, and we discover how he desires us to be. Prayer is transformational that way: Being in his Presence, we become more like him and our paths become closer and closer to the paths he has traced out for us (usually the “narrow” kind).
So “openness” is almost a synonym for prayer. It’s scary at first, since we feel so vulnerable and even naked before God, but the more we learn to let our guard down and drop our masks and just be in his hands, the happier we will be and the deeper our relationship will become. And the place he has for you will become more and more clearly evident to you.
So no matter what you “seek” (that you may “find”), that’s always the recipe. It’s not easy — prayer is a life skill — but we get used to it.
May God bless you abundantly as you seek his face!
- Father Shane