From Jesus Caritas January 1960 Meditation on Faith

Jesus Caritas January 1960Jesus Caritas January 1960

'THE righteous man really lives by faith, for faith comes — at least for the most part — to take the place of his natural senses; it transforms things so, that the senses, showing the soul false appearances as they do, can hardly be of service to it any longer, while faith shows it realities.

The eye sees a poor man; faith sees Jesus. The ear causes a man to hear insults and persecutions; faith sings to him, 'Rejoice and be glad'. Touch makes us feel the stones thrown at us; faith says, 'Be in great joy to have been judged worthy to suffer something in the name of Christ,' Taste offers us a morsel of unleavened bread; faith finds the Saviour, God and man, body and soul. Smell speaks of incense; faith says that the real incense is 'the fastings of the Saints...'

The senses allure us with things of created beauty; faith thinks of Beauty Incarnate, and looks with pity upon all creatures, that are as dust, as nothing, beside that Beauty... The senses abhor pain; faith blesses pain like the crown that weds to the Beloved... The senses revolt against abuse; faith blesses abuse 'Bless those that curse you', considers it deserved, for it thinks of its sins; finds it sweet, because it means sharing the lot of Jesus. The senses are curious; faith wishes not to know, would hide itself away, pass all its life motionless at the foot of the Tabernacle... The senses love riches -and honours; faith holds them in abhorrence, for 'what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in God's sight..,' and 'blessed are the poor'; and faith loves the poverty and the lowliness that Jesus wore all His life like a garment inseparable from His being... The senses abominate suffering; faith blesses suffering as a gift from the hand of Jesus, a share in His Cross that He deigns to let one carry... The senses fear what they call dangers, what may bring pain, or death; faith fears nothing, knowing that nothing will happen to it but that which God wills '... He takes every hair of your head into His reckoning' and that what God wills is always for its good '... everything helps to secure the good of those who love God'.

So whatever may come — pain of joy, health or sickness, life or death — faith welcomes it all beforehand, and goes forward without fear. The senses are concerned with tomorrow, wonder how one will manage next day; faith knows no disquietude : 'Do not fret over your life,' says Jesus. 'See the lilies of the field, see the birds of the air, see how I feed and clothe them. You count for more than these... Seek God and His righteousness, and all will be yours without the asking...'