It All Comes Down to Faith…
There is but one way to righteousness:
“For in it is revealed the righteousness of God from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘The one who is righteous by faith will live.'” -Romans 1:17, NAB
Notice, Paul did not say that it is our works that make us righteous. It is not our tithing that makes us righteous. It is not being a theological scholar that makes us righteous. We are righteous by and through our faith, and through our faith, we find hope.
What is faith? Looking at Dictionary.com, one definition really stands out in its simplicity. Faith is “belief that is not based on proof.” In regards to our Catholic beliefs, we cannot see, feel, or touch God – we have no physical proof, but we choose to believe and follow the teachings of the Church anyway. That is what faith is all about.
For those without it, faith seems like superstitious nonsense in old-fashioned dogmas and ideas. For those who truly have it, faith becomes more than a buzzword; it becomes a reason for all that we do. It goes beyond dogmas, and it defines who we are as Christians.
Faith, which is a gift from the Holy Spirit, is at the very center of who we are as Christians, and as the Catholic Church, it is the very definition of who we are. We can try to be many things, but without faith guiding us, we will surely not accomplish anything. Faith is the glue that binds the Church together and has allowed us to thrive 2000 years later.
Beyond anything we may attain or achieve during this life, our future with God in heaven far outweighs anything we can imagine. Through faith, we have hope for everlasting life through Christ our Lord. This little word faith, that we seem to throw around haphazardly at times, should be one of the most important words in our vocabulary, because through faith, we find meaning for our existence, a reason for all that we do, the defintion of who we are, and a hope in something greater than we could ever be on our own.