Thursday, June 18, 2009

Faith and Community

We are not alone. We were born in community, not just with our parents and siblings, but also in union with creation. The idea of faith is to believe in someone or something other than ourselves. This makes perfect sense when you think about it. We can never be fully isolated, no matter how much we might like to try.

Go ahead. Challenge me on this. If you do, consider your thoughts and where they come from. Can you honestly take full credit for those inspirations that play out, sometimes in conflicting ways, helping you form an opinion about right and wrong?

The Catholic Catechism professes what Catholics believe. Part One, article 2 clearly states, “Faith is a personal act—the free response of the human person to the initiative of God who reveals himself. But faith is not an isolated act. No one can believe alone, just as no one can live alone. You have not given yourself faith as you have not given yourself life. The believer has received faith from others and should hand it on to others.”