Not every religious vocation follows the same route. Some take longer than others to answer the call. Some are more prepared than others. The beauty of God’s love is that He is always there to meet us and guide us patiently and gently toward His mission for us.
Just as one needs to communicate appropriately with one’s friends and family to maintain relationships, one needs to pray, converse with God on a regular basis. Prayer should not be motivated solely by our temporal desires, but by our need to grow in faith and become more intimate with God.
The Samaritan showed more faith than the Jewish lepers, which signifies that following outward forms of religion with precision is not necessarily a sign of a strong relationship with God. The outcaste Samaritan had more faith than the Jews despite being born in a heretical sect.
Catholic Christians must not adhere to a form of Christianity that functions as a quid pro quo. We should live the Christian rule for love’s sake, for God’s sake.
That utopia, the promise of paradise, is a hope, propelled by faith, beyond this material world. It is the goal that makes us persist in our search for God. For only in him can we find our true nature and the ultimate essence of love.
As close as we may seem to get to God, the more he seems to mystify us, making our journey toward him indeterminable. Only surrendering to hope and arriving at true charity, that is desiring God for his own sake, can we hope to attain happiness in its fullness.
It is supernatural faith that is permitted by God to take root in us and grow through hope, leading us to charity, the ultimate revelation of God himself.
Faith, in Christianity, requires an unconditional trust in God’s power and the acceptance of divine decisions that may not favor expectations.