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…grapples with tragedy over at the Register.
St. Thoms the Apostle (aka doubting Thomas) couldn’t believed unless he saw with confirmation the resurrection. He said, “Lord, help me in my unbelief.” Similarily to St. Thomas, suppose our faith begins as Chesterton said, “Take a step back and then take a step forward” (I’m somewhat porrly paraphrasing him.)
I think with fastidious transportation and the accelerated information hightway, people want instant evidence of faith. However, no one can take a step back and watch (and be receptive and asking as a child asks his or her parent for something.) Receptivity of faith is getting obscured because people have no idea (not generalizing here to mean everyone) what is faith (i.e. if I can get certain results in an accelerated manner, therefore I can get anything I want in an expedited fashion – including faith.) Contrary to what people think, you have to ask God for the gift of faith (or at least be receptive to receiving it.) The Church refers to the Sacred Deposit of faith. Therefore, the faith must be received as Christ referred to the parable of the sower where seed fell in different area’s (falling into different aspirations and gounds where faith is given to each person.) And as a result where the seed could not make substantial growth and be really received, the planted faith was over-run by rocks, weeds, and hardened ground. The well cultivated land is where a plant grew well (the grounds for faith being truly and properly received.) Maybe no one has time for faith, either. And so people want to draw quick witted conclusions – which there is credibility to those questions – on the existence of God (which as C.S. Lewis described as the problem of evil.)