A Season of Lent: Renewed By Faith In A Faithless World

Faith gives a man back his body and his soul…

“…see, I am doing something new! Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? In the desert I make a way, in the wasteland, rivers.” (Isaiah 43: 16-21)

“but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God, depending on faith to know him and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by being conformed to his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead.” (Phil 3:8-14)

“Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin any more.” (John 8:1-11)

Lenten Prayer: My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,  come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen. Ora Pro Nobis.

Holy Week is getting nearer, just as in our daily lives, Christ’s return is getting nearer. Truly then all things will be made new by our faith in Christ. And yet, this is the question that Jesus asks in regard to our persistence in waiting and doing all that He commanded : “Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?” (Luke 18:8)  Chesterton observes about his own conversion in The Thing, that the faith that renews our mind and spirit each hopeful day is the same faith that will eventually renew our bodies in Paradise. This renewal is a kind of spiritual resurrection as we await the real resurrection.  

“It would be far truer to say that the Faith gives a man back his body and his soul and his reason and his will and his very life. It would be far truer to say that the man who has received it receives all the old human functions which all the other philosophies are already taking away. It would be nearer to reality to say that he alone will have freedom, that he alone will have will, because he alone will believe in free will; that he alone will have reason, since ultimate doubt denies reason as well as authority; that he alone will truly act, because action is performed to an end. It is at least a less unlikely vision that all this hardening and hopeless despair of the intellect will leave him at last the only walking and talking citizen in a city of paralytics.” – G. K. Chesterton, The Thing, 1929

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