- February 3, 2021
- Posted by: admin
- Categories: Spiritual Reflections, Spiritual Reflections and Homilies
The Role of Faith and Patience in a Christian’s Life
Faith and patience are all fruits of the Holy Spirit that complement each other. Faith and patience are a blend of each other. To use figurative human language, one may say that faith and patience are ‘twins’. That is; faith is a ‘twin sister’ to patience and patience is a ‘twin sister’ to faith. They all came from the same ‘womb’ and ‘sucked’ from the same ‘breasts’;—and that is none other than the HOLY SPIRIT. You cannot have faith unless you have patience and you cannot have patience unless you have faith. One needs patience in order to grow strong in faith. And equally, one needs faith in order to be patient in life. To have faith is like waiting in a long queue—with patience your turn always comes. And when your turn comes, you are free to select what pleases you without any fear, resistance or boundary. The blend of faith and patience results in a perfect combination that makes our spiritual and material lives go smoothly like chilled water coursing down a thirsty throat. Patience is therefore a necessity to have faith and sustaining it.
The whole chapter eleven of the Letter to the Hebrews talks of the importance of faith in the spiritual life of all individuals. It categorically says that “no one can please God without faith..” [Hebrews 11:6]. Faith is a necessity if our relationship with God is to be actualised. Our spiritual life is entirely based on faith. The compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church describes faith as “a supernatural virtue which is necessary for salvation.” [pg31] The Church is built on faith as its foundation. Many leading personalities in the history of salvation and the tradition of the Church who are given to us as role models today were victorious due to faith. Faith is therefore an inevitable necessity if our prayers are to be pleasing to God. Many things can only be possible if we have faith.