Posted by: matt25 | April 13, 2013

Faith is a Gift

Father, you called Saint Anselm to study and teach the sublime truths you have revealed. Let your gift of faith come to the aid of our understanding and open our hearts to your truth. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. – Amen.

Concluding prayer of this morning’s Divine Office for the Memorial of Saint Anselm.

“Let the gift of faith come to the aid of our understanding” is the phrase that jumps out at me today. Faith is a gift. It is freely given to all. But like all gifts it could go unwrapped and unused, stored in some interior closet and forgotten. How can we expect to grow in our understanding of God and our purpose in the grand scheme of life and all creation if we do not use our gift? That doesn’t mean that we check our brains at the door of the church, far from it! It means that our faith is the spark that fires the engine of our intellect and causes us to embark on a new leg of our journey through life. Faith is a gift of relationship, of love, of community, of inspiration, and a gift that grows all the more as we give it away.

So don’t wait. Use your gift today. Jump in the water is fine. In fact throw yourself in to the ocean of love and see what discoveries you will make!

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