Why have faith at all?
Humans are very curious beings, some of us a lot more than others but in the end we all want to know what is going on. I think that curiosity is what drives religion and faith. Most people want to know the reason why we are here, what is the meaning or purpose of life. I am extremely logical and could buy into the idea that there is no God and that we are all masters of our own destiny, but that is not an existence that excites me. While I can blame most of it on an upbringing in the church, it is still my personal choice and I have decided that the Catholic faith is the best for me.
I went to a Franciscan school that gave me some of the best education I could have asked for. Even though I did not actually graduate from there, I still feel part of that family in many ways. This weekend I heard one of the best sermons at church ever and the message was simple, evangelizing is not just about words but also actions. While not everyone can be a preacher, everyone can be a beacon of hope and happiness. Father Mark used a quote from St. Francis of Assisi and I was extremely proud to hear it,
“Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.”
Actions are louder than words, and so many people think that evangelizing is about standing in a corner and telling people that they are going to hell if they do not accept Jesus as their lord and savior. In reality, bringing the good news should not be just about that but also about bringing hope and kindness to others. That is what I think religion really has to offer.
When I go to church and I feel that the gospel is tailored just to me, but not in the sense that it is telling me I am not giving enough money, because it helps me cope with my every day life, I find true happiness from hearing the word. It is amazing how difficult life is at times, and having a place to get hope and understanding is excellent.
While some get strength from the concrete answer that there is no God and religion is actually a scam, I get a lot from going to Church. I think that having the ultimate and final answer is great, but more often than not I have found through life that what I was certain about was only a short sight. The older I get, the easier it is to have faith, not just because of the testimony I can give about God’s greatness, but because faith has helped me through some rough spots in life.