We live in a world of prove it. Pics or it didn't happen. A society that demands to see it with their own eyes. It is all in the proof. But faith is not about proof. At its core, beginning in the Old Testament, faith is an attitude of trustfulness in God. We witness it through a trust in God's promises. Abraham, Isaac, and others make important decisions in light of the covenants God had made with them. As the Old Testament progresses, trust and belief walk hand in hand.
For us, this means that to have true faith, we need to believe in God and trust in God's promises. What is interesting about these two concepts is that they are actions; clear decisions that we make that leads us to faith in God. But what does that look like in real life?
It looks like a deep belief in the Creed we profess each Sunday. It means choosing to believe in God and what God has done, even on the days we doubt. Some of the best and brightest of God's servants struggle with a deep darkness that tempts them to fall away from God. St. Mother Teresa went through several periods like this, but she chose to intentionally seek God and continue to pray in spite of a lack of proof.
And woven within that is a trust in what God has promised. Even on her darkest days, St. Mother Teresa prayed and pursued God, with utter confidence in God's promises of love and mercy. St. Sr. Faustina confidently pursued what God had asked her to do, to share about Divine Mercy, because she trusted in what God had told her.
To abstain from a need for proof is really to choose to believe and trust, which is what leads to a true faith.
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