FAITH MONTH: DAY 27: “To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.”― St. Thomas Aquinas
I have known of this quote for most of my life. It is beautiful, simple and perfect for the subject of faith. I cannot explain my faith to others. I can only share stories and examples.
This is the same for all of us. We believe in what we believe in. In today’s world, watching people spin out of control in fear and anxiety around events that really are not happening to them, but are happening around them, we get to see where their faith is.
Most of us in this western culture are taught to believe in the media and its versions of the truth. We are taught to trust and believe in politicians who have yet to prove themselves honest. Have not seen or heard one yet who was, but we somehow believe they are…? Reminds me of Mr. Einstein’s admonition to never stop questioning everything. I trust him more than any politician I can think of.
My faith is in the beauty and perfection of the world that I cannot explain. Therefore, there IS no explanation possible. Or we would be completely without fear and uncertainty.
I have had so many interesting conversations the last few days with friends and neighbors and others. It is wonderful to see where we are and how we believe in life and such. I continue to believe what I believe, but always want to have an open mind to embrace things that may be other than what I hold to be true.
My faith is larger than ever, and continues to ring true to my heart. I see things differently than most folks, that I know for sure. I am neither flippant about what is happening in the world, nor am I cocky or insensitive. But one thing I am NOT is afraid. I really have learned to accept life as it unfolds, mostly in a moment-by-moment fashion. This is from years of work in developing a lifestyle and faith from practicing these principles.
I remember being in two separate large earthquake events in the early 1990s. I got to experience where other recovery members were while sitting through rather hefty aftershocks that took place in my regular 7am meetings. Those who panicked and got hysterical or those who knew how to sit still and let it pass. They taught me something. I remember remarking at the time that it was easy to see who had and who had not worked the Third Step. And most of life is like that. Some are hoarding food and toilet paper and cleaning supplies. Others are at work to be of service to others and get out of self. That is always the way with life. But it is fun to observe and see.
I love this stuff. I love life. I love life on its own terms because it teaches so much if we can just sit with it and watch without drama and a story. It goes on…