” … I am not ashamed of the gospel … in it is revealed the righteousness of God from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘The one who is righteous by faith will live.'”  (Emphasis added.)

St. Paul, Rom. 1: 16,17*

*[The title of this passage is “Humanity Lost without the Gospel.]

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The theological virtues of faith, hope and charity (love) adapt the human person to the experience of, and participation in, divine nature.  They do so because these three virtues relate directly to God.  Indeed, these three evidence the presence of the Holy Spirit in each of us and equip each of us to live as Christian people.

These three virtues are the foundation of Christian morality.  They are infused in our soul and, while they must govern our life, they are each under attack in present day America’s secular culture.  Their loss or diminishing explains our unhappiness, our ills and confusion, the chaos and divisions that have been created and the uncertainty and fear we now experience.

Faith is the virtue that allows us to believe in God and know and act on His Truth.  In faith, we commit our life to God.

Yet, faith alone is not sufficient for us to be one with Christ for He lives in us today when faith is united with hope and love.

With these three in union, we to carry Christ living in us and show by our words and deeds, our temperament, our judgment, insight, wisdom and sacrifice that He is the Son of God, our Lord and Savior.  Indeed in this, we show the world that we are Christians, we are His People.

Faith leads to hope and to love and to our life anew in greater peace and joy, and to Truth and its certainty, to our purpose and our meaning.  It is because of faith’s power and progression that secularism drives faith away so that we might more easily submit to the force of man, and forsake the love of God.

… whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.”

Mt 10:33

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Faith.  Do not let anyone or anything deprive you of it, for to do so reduces you and prepares you for enslavement.

Shalom.

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Postscript – You might find it interesting that living in a family that is short of these three theological virtues: faith, hope and love – creates the same debilitating disorder that we find in secular culture.  Think about that as you look and observe families devoid of faith, hope and love.  They are punishing and barren battlegrounds where long-lasting wounds abound.

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