Last Sunday, Mass was presided over (am I using correct terminology?) by a Priest from another parish. Fine and good, the man seemed nice and his English was refreshingly…clear. Still, I think I might’ve misheard or misinterpreted something he said.
He came to speak about Faith, and he said, to the effect of, “Faith is seeing God in others” or perhaps “Seeing God work through others”.
You see, there was an “ACTS” retreat that previous weekend, where all the dreary, droopy high school children were led away, I suppose brainwashed, and brought back chipper, smiling, and bouncy. Yes, they bounced quite a bit. Arms in the air, flailing about. Stomping the ground, shouting. Oh, and they added an electric guitar to the choir. I wasn’t too fond of that, but I must admit, the fellow was very talented!
Am I rambling? Forgive me, but you see, the Priest, he told the assembled children to turn about, and for us to “Look upon the face of God”.
I thought it a little strange to do after having just witnessed the Most Blessed Sacrament, and now I think, the face of God? Why didn’t I burst into flame?
Indeed, I understand that God is present in all His children, just as (but not equally so) He’s in say, the Holy Scriptures, and even the Eucharist. And so far as something is sacramental, couldn’t it be said that God is there, or at very least, His glory is made manifest there?
Now I’m definately off topic. The point; back to that bit on Faith. He seemed to make faith a reasoned response to seeing good works. Which I don’t think it is. Did Paul recieve his faith through reason? Nay, t’was a gift of God! And save this giving, can anyone recieve faith? I think that the very reason why there are so many atheists, especially scientists, folk who love their reason yet have not been blessed with Faith.
Well, that was alot of rambling to ask a simple question, What is Faith?
Oh. and I suppose, hopping about and electric guitars? To risk sounding like McArthy, that seems downright “un-Catholic” to me. (It’s bad enough our church looks more some hideous piece of modern art than a Church)