There is a story about a poor woman named Faith, walking down a busy city street. She notices that a wealthy woman has lost her purse and can’t pay for a daily newspaper. Faith reaches into her pocket and pays the vendor.
The rich woman is dumbfounded and insists that the vendor give the money back. Faith grabs the rich woman’s arm and says: “Can’t you just let me do something now and then-to stretch the soul?
The virtue of Faith helps us understand our place in the world. It helps us when we see injustice, arrogance, poverty and sinfulness in ourselves and gives us the ability to change, no matter how often we fall or how low, for the love of Jesus.
The essence of the Christian life is the awareness that I have a specific relationship with the Blessed Trinity from which I don’t want to be separated but towards which, in some mysterious way, I am always attracted. So when Jesus says, ‘I am the Bread of Life,’ do I really believe?
Ephesians tells us that ‘you must no longer live as the Gentiles do; you should put away the old self…corrupted by deceitful desires and put on the new self, created in God’s way in righteousness and holiness of truth.”
Faith helps us take all we possess in the world and weigh it against the power of God’s love for us. “Alone, before God, the human being is always unique and unrepeatable, somebody thought of and chosen from eternity.” – JPII.
Faith, in the end, is the ability to stretch the soul in order to touch the face of God and live!