The faith of Abraham, the faith of the Church, the saving grace of life, the definitive gift of God: believing in Christ. Believing that God is good, loving, that He hears our prayers, that He forgives our sins, that He is our friend, that He wills our good, our ultimate success—our definitive, permanent success.
On Wednesday, Pope Benedict said:
I believe, then, that we must learn the simplest and most fundamental lessons of the Council, and that is that Christianity in its essence consists in faith in God, who is Trinitarian Love, and in a personal and communal encounter with Christ who orients and guides our lives. Everything else follows from this.
The important thing today, as was the desire of the Council Fathers, is that we see clearly and anew that God is present, that he is watching over us, that he responds to us, and that by contrast, when faith in God is found wanting, all that is essential crumbles, because man loses his profound dignity and what makes his humanity great… The Council reminds us that the Church, in all her members, has the task, the mandate, of transmitting the word of God’s saving love, so that the divine call that holds within itself our eternal beatitude may be heard and welcomed.
Yesterday, he continued:
If today the Church proposes a new Year of Faith and a new evangelization, it is not to honor an anniversary, but because there is more need of it, even more than there was fifty years ago!…
Recent decades have seen the advance of a spiritual ‘desertification.’ In the Council’s time it was already possible from a few tragic pages of history to know what a life or a world without God looked like, but now we see it every day around us. This void has spread. But it is in starting from the experience of this desert, from this void, that we can again discover the joy of believing.
Yesterday evening, the Vice President said on television that we Catholics hold de fide, that is by faith, that human life begins at conception. “But I would never impose my faith on anyone else.”
The first statement is untrue. The Church has never taught us when human life begins. We conclude by scientific reasoning that human life begins at conception. Believer and unbeliever alike agree that doing violence to innocent human beings is wrong.
What we Catholics believe lies at a much deeper level of truth. What we Catholics believe, what we Christians believe, is that every human being has the chance to get to heaven. We believe that doing good and avoiding evil is our way of being friends with Almighty God. We believe that God has a plan for every human being, that He loves every human being, that He made every human being for a reason
He knows the reason in His infinite wisdom, and He gradually reveals the glorious reason to us, with the beauty of every day that He gives, the air in our lungs–and the transcendent wisdom that grows in our own souls when we pray pray pray our way through life.
Pope says the world has become a spiritual desert. The water that the desert needs is our Catholic faith. We do not impose. We propose. And the truth of what we believe wins souls–like the wind makes kites fly.