Wednesday, February 06, 2013

What Does it Mean to Put Faith First?

I've been reading The One Thing Is Three: How the Most Holy Trinity Explains Everything, the latest offering by Fr. Michael Gaitley. I thought that this paragraph on putting faith first is well-worth reflecting on:

What does it mean to put faith first? It means choosing being over having, the person over things, a life of self-giving love over selfishness. This is what it means for the faith to "penetrate the believer's entire life." It means letting God's Word rule over all one's decisions. It means not limiting prayer to Sunday Mass. It means living the life of Christ, abiding in him, and being a contemplative in action. In sum, it means doing everything through Christ, with Christ, and in Christ, from riding the subway to folding the laundry. When the laity have such an enriched faith, God is made visible to the world through what they do and say and how they act and are. This is the witness of true holiness to which all the laity are called. . .

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