Relentless Faith

By Sr. Dr Lilly on 29-01-2013

        “Faith
is the only key to the universe. The final meaning of human existence, and the
answers to the questions on which all our happenings depends cannot be found in
any other way.” (Thomas Merton)                                        

Faith will turn any course, light any path, relieve
any distress, brings joy out of sorrows, peace out of strife, friendship out of
enmity, heaven out of hell. Faith throws a new light on everything, manifests
god’s design for man’s total vocation, and thus directs the mind to solutions
which are fully human. Every believer is God’s miracle. Understanding is the
reward of faith. Therefore seek not to understand that you may believe, but
believe that you may understand.

Calamities struck the life of Monisha one after the other: death of her dad, illness of her
mom, irresponsible life of her brother, these shattered her. She could not
concentrate on her studies. Every time she opened her book, these scenes came
one after the other as in a film. Monisha, ever active and vibrant became dull
and depressed. She stopped going to church and saying prayers.

One day she was brought to my office. She sat in my
room, sad and downcast.  I was very
attentive to every gesture she made and every word she uttered. Slowly, I
helped her to pour out her heart. One another day she shouted why at all God
created me? Why God took my dad away? I had no readymade answer but I was very
much with her in her pain and loss but I could helped her to express all the
good things she enjoyed and experienced. All on sudden her attention turned to
a scenery in my room with the caption, ‘Faith in God can move the mountains.’ “Sister,
what does it mean?” She asked. I told her that life is a mixture of joys and
sorrows, ups and downs. The God who created you and me and the whole of the
universe is in control of everything and we just have to surrender our lives to
him and everything will be fine. Often human love is conditional even our
parental love but God’s love is unconditional. He is your beloved Daddy always.
Her face brightened up and she said, “I believe in that loving Daddy.”

Holding on to the hand of God is a bold act of faith.
Faith in God makes a person undaunted, unafraid, undivided and unflappable. As
the psalmist exhorts: “Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him.” (Psalm
– 37:7) 

About The Author

Sr. Dr Lilly

Realms of value contains short thought provoking stories from Sr. (Dr) Lilly SJL who is presently Vice Prinicipal of Fatima College, Madurai. She has chaired many international missions and her works belong 'Geneder discrimination in Indian Societies' and 'Education and Empowerment of women'.