We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

The Courage of Faith

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous.Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).

What is your approach to the everyday difficulties or the deciding challenges of life? Do you bootstrap your way through hardship, or do you melt under calamity? Fenelon weighs in on the “courage of faith” that we all need to persevere through hardship.

He writes: “May the courage of faith sustain you. It is a courage which is unassuming, and which does not inspire a conscious strength whereon to rely. They who have it have no self-confidence, and yet they never lack in time of need; they are rich in poverty. If they unintentionally go astray, they turn it to profit by learning humility thereby. They continually return to their centre by acquiescing in all that deprives them of self-will. They surrender themselves to God, no longer dwelling in themselves, or trusting in their own strength. They by degrees all becomes recollection, silence, dependence on grace from moment to moment, and inward life through death unto self. In this condition they no longer cling to anything they see; but they find again in God, in the closest, truest union, all that they fancied they had lost” (Dialogues of Fenelon, Volume 2, p. 11).

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