In this article, Fausto Gomez OP reflects on his personal responsibility to God as a Christian. Faith in God helps people to be happy and to carry the cross of life. Love should be an essential part of our belief system, and we must love all people, even our enemies, with compassion. A world without God is a world without hope. The ultimate end of human life is a blessed life in God, and our responsibility on earth is to give glory to God through Jesus Christ.
Devotions play a significant role in our spiritual growth. They aid us in experiencing God through the veneration of Mary and saints.
A prayer like the Our Father certainly challenged the age-old beliefs of the Jews. It also prompted a change in the way we approach prayer, in the sense that its transformative value is foremost in the eyes of the Church.
Can we claim a reward for a good deed? Can we merit anything with our works? Or is it God’s grace and mercy alone that saves us?
Steering away from our status as fallible humans with a penchant to grasp at the tangible, it behoves us, as Catholics, to accept that the answer to every question we have lies in the silence of the most blessed sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.
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.
Being trapped in the noise of our daily routines is understandable, but we need to be aware that noise drowns out the voice of God, as he calls to us in an attempt to draw us closer to holiness and to him.