Reviews of Theology, Broadly Understood

Thursday, April 19, 2007

"Faith" by Blessed Charles de Foucauld

"Real faith, faith that inspires all one's action, faith in the supernatural which strips the world of its mask and reveals God in all things, which abolishes the notion of "impossible," and empties the words "anxiety," "danger," and "fear," of their meaning; which gives life calm, peace, deep joy, like a child holding its mother's hand; which detaches the soul so completely from earthly things by showing up their total lack of importance and their childishness; which bestows such confidence in prayer, the confidence of a child asking its father for something useful; the faith which shows that "apart from what is agreeable to God, everything is vanity"........Oh, how rare that is!..........My God, give me real faith....help the little faith I have!"