Faith Conquers a Person Totally for God
Faith conquers because it makes us accept what is in the creed. It conquers because it makes us… observe the law of God. .. It conquers because it makes us receive the sacraments. It conquers because of the comforts in the tribulations of life … It conquers because of the eternal possession of heaven. Vincent Pallotti in Opera XII p. 152
St. Vincent Pallotti believed in the conquering of faith. Faith makes us surrender ourselves totally to God and to place all our burdens of life in his hands. As a result, we are filled with the strength of the power of God, as we are not facing the struggles of our lives all alone but with him. With him at our side and never walking alone in coping with the troubles of life, we can become true conquerors of every difficult situation.
According to St. Vincent Pallotti, faith is capable of conquering any form of difficulties for the following reasons. First, faith conquers because it makes us accept those truths which are contained in our profession of faith. Second, it conquers because it makes us live the commandments of God and thereby attain eternal life. Third, faith conquers because it opens us to the life of grace though the sacraments of the Church. Fourth, faith conquers because it comforts us in our tribulations and especially at the moment of death. Finally, faith conquers because it leads us to the eternal possession of heaven. Thus, for St Vincent Pallotti, faith gives life to our thoughts, words and deeds and strengthens our sense of purpose in doing whatever we are called to do, thereby allowing us to conquer every eventuality we face in our life.
For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there.’ And it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you. (Mt 17: 20)
In: find the God who seeks you. By Vensus George SAC
The Year of faith
Apostolic Letter of Pope Benedict XVI
- The “door of faith” (Acts 14;27) is always open for us, ushering un into the life of communion with God and offering entry into his Church. It is possible to cross that threshold when the word of God is proclaimed and the heart allows itself to be shaped by transforming grace. To enter through the door is to set out on a journey that lasts a lifetime. It begins with baptism (cf.Rom6;4), through which we can address God as Father, and it ends with the passage through death to eternal life, fruit of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus whose will it was, by the gift of the Holy Spirit, to draw those who believe in him into his own glory (cf Jn 17,22). To profess faith in the Trinity Father, Son and Holy Spirit is to believe in one God who is love: the Father, who in the fullness of time sent his Son for our salvation; Jesus Christ, who in the mystery of his death and resurrection redeemed the world; the Holy Spirit, who leads the Church across the centuries as we await the Lord’s glorious return…
- In the light of all this I have decided to announce a Year of Faith. It will begin on 11 October 2012, the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, and it will end on the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King, on 24 November 2013. The starting date of the twentieth anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, a text promulgated by my Predecessor, Blessed John Paul II, with a view to illustrate for all the faithful the power and beauty of the faith. …
- …. The Year of Faith, from this perspective, is a summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the one Savior of the world. In the mystery of his death and resurrection, God has revealed in its fullness the Love that saves and calls us to conversion of life through the forgiveness of sins.
- “Caritas Christi urged nos”; (2 Cor 5;14): it is the love of Christ that fills our hearts and impels us to evangelize. Today as in the past, he sends us through the highways of the world to proclaim his Gospel to all the peoples of the earth (cf. Mt 28,19). Through his love, Jesus Christ attracts to himself the people of every generation: in every age he convokes the Church, entrusting her with the proclamation of the Gospel by a mandate that is ever new. Today too there is need for stronger ecclesial commitment to new evangelization in order to rediscover the joy of believing and the enthusiasm for communicating the faith. In rediscovering his love day by day the missionary commitment of believers attains force and vigor that can never fade away. …
- We want this year to arouse in every believer the aspiration to profess the faith in fullness and with renewed conviction, with confidence and hope. It will also be a good opportunity to intensify the celebration of the faith in the liturgy, especially in the Eucharist, which is ‘the summit toward which the activity of Christ is directed… and also the source from which all its power flows.’ At the same time, we make it our prayer that believers’ witness of life may grow in credibility. To rediscover the content of the faith that is professed, celebrated, lived and prayed, and to reflect on the act of faith, is a task that every believer must make his own, especially in the course of this Year.
- In order to arrive at a systematic knowledge of the content of faith, all can find in the Catechism of the Catholic Church a precious and indispensable tool. It is one of the most important fruits of the Second Vatican Council. …. It is in this sense that the Year of Faith will have to see a concerted effort to rediscover and study the fundamental content of the faith that receives its systematic and organic synthesis in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Here, in fact, we see the wealth of teaching that the Church das received, safeguarded and proposed in her two thousand years of history.
- …. During this time we will need to keep our gaze fixed on Jesus Christ, the ‘pioneer and perfecter of our faith (Heb 12,2); in him, all the anguish and all the longing of the human heart finds fulfillment. The joy of love, the answer to the drama of suffering and pain, the power of forgiveness in the face of an offence received and the victory of life over the emptiness of death; all this finds fulfillment in the mystery of his incarnation, in his becoming man, in his sharing our human weakness so as to transform it by the power of his resurrection. In him who died and rose again for our salvation, the example of faith that have marked two thousand years of our salvation history brought the fullness of light.
By faith, Mary accepted the Angel’s word and believed the message that she was to become the Mother of God in the obedience of her devotion (cf. Lk 1;38) . Visiting Elisabeth, she raised her hymn of praise to the Most High for the marvels he worked in those who trust him. With joy and trepidation she gave birth to her only Son, keeping her virginity intact. …
By faith, the Apostles left everything to follow their Master.
By faith, the disciples formed the first communities, gathered around the teaching of the Apostles, in prayer, in celebration of the Eucharist, holding their possession in common so as to meet the needs of the brethren.
By faith, the martyrs gave their lives, bearing witness to the truth of the Gospel…