The Light Of Faith

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“The light given with divine revelation is so tempered that the good may use it with confidence, and are never without sufficient light, whilst it is within the power of the evil-disposed to refuse that light. For God has made His revelation the text and trial of truth, whether we will freely accept His truth by faith or not. There is light enough, and much more than enough, to test spirits of those who are proud-minded and unwilling to see. There is light to enlighten the faithful and obscurity to humble them. There is obscurity enough for the unfaithful man to blind himself with, whilst there is light enough to condemn him for his willing blindness. There is brightness enough in the doctrines of faith to make our belief reasonable, and darkness enough to make our adhesion a meritorious obedience and an act of fidelity to divine authority.” (Michael F. Glancey, Characteristics From the Writings of Archbishop Ullathorne (London: Burns & Oates, 1889)

Our faith is a natural light that indicates the coming of endless day, our Divine Parent: Father God, Mother Christ, and Protector Spirit, who lead us through our temporal lives. This light is carefully measured out to us, so that we have what we need to get through the night. This light gives us life, while the night is the cause of all our pain and sadness. God thanks us and rewards us for enduring the darkness. With mercy and grace, we hold firm, believing that our light is real, and that we can follow it with wisdom and strength. And when all sadness ends, suddenly our eyes will open. In the clear daylight, our vision will be complete. In this way I came to understand that our faith gives light to our night, and that same light is God, our endless day—our Maker and our Rescuer, that which is God, Christ Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. – (Julian of Norwich, All Shall Be Well)

Faith is not about explaining things. It is about living, and breathing and walking in that light that is upon us. But we will suffer in the light. Sometimes our souls will be squeezed to dry down to the very deepest roots. We will wither and grow weary to where we cannot take one step more. The light will fade to the faintest glimmer. Nothing more than a grain of sand upon the shore. But the light will never disappear. This walk of faith comes with a promise. The promise that we will never be abandoned. – Full of Grace Film

All things were made through him. Without him, nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The Word became flesh, and lived among us. We saw his glory, such glory as of the one and only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth. -John 1:3-4, 14 (WEB

Concentric Circles of Our Relationships

I just had a thought about relationships looking like a series of concentric circles. The outer circle consists of our relationship to most other people in the world, the inner circle is with our family and friends and the innermost circle is our relationship with God. I thought also that the innermost circle should be strongest because the strength of the other outer circles depend upon it. Once the inner circles collapse, the outer ones would certainly follow.

To Love and Not to Hate

We must learn to love even those who seem evil if we are to see God’s face. Because God’s face is a face of Mercy and of Love. A Love that forgives, that waits, that desires for what is good and not for what is evil.

It is not for us to hate. Neither is it for us to judge, for only God can judge. But we were commanded to love, to love as Jesus Himself has loved us.

Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,
“‘You shall not hate your brother in your heart. You shall surely rebuke your neighbor, and not bear sin because of him.
“‘You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people; but you shall love your neighbor as yourself. I am Yahweh.
– Leviticus 19:1, 17-18 (WEB)

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, just like I have loved you; that you also love one another. – John 13:34 (WEB) Continue reading