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“For this is faith. When things are turning out adversely, then we ought to believe that nothing adverse is done but all things in due order…It is the mark of a courageous and noble soul not to despair in adversity.” (St. John Chrysostom, St. John of Karpathos)

“How readily we conclude, because we find ourselves in degrading or demeaning circumstances, that God is neither present nor active in our lives…we are encouraged to trust God with determination. We accept moments of discomfort and refuse to give up (Hebrews 11:15). In those difficult moments when we face the choices that come with faith. when we struggle to go forward, we ‘declare plainly that [we] seek a homeland’ (Hebrews 11:14).” (Dynamis 11/8/2019, 12/21/2018)

“We don’t believe instead of doubting; we believe while doubting…even as faith endures in our secular age, believing doesn’t come easy…Evolutionary psychology and expressive individualism are in the water of our secular age, and only a heroic few can manage to quell their chatter to create an insulated panic room in which their faith remains solidly secure.” (James K.A. Smith)

“We must learn to offer the struggles of our lives to Christ in the same way. Instead of thinking that our problems will magically disappear if we ignore them and pretend that all is well, we must cultivate the faith to reach out to touch the hem of Christ’s garment as best we can, even if we do so with faith only the size of a mustard seed. Instead of accepting that evil has an unbreakable hold on our souls or any circumstance in life, we must offer even our deepest pains and most embarrassing weaknesses to Him again and again. That is how we will open ourselves to receive the healing mercy of the Lord in humility. We must learn to entrust ourselves and our loved ones to Christ, even when we are most strongly tempted simply to give up. Otherwise, we will never acquire the faith that is necessary to share in His life.” (Fr. Philip Le Masters)

“Because a long period of “working” is required before growth becomes manifest, we must not lose heart if we do not obtain immediate results. After all, spiritual growth is not a matter of applying liquid to a dry cube which suddenly swells and doubles in size. Nevertheless, we should not underestimate the potential of small beginnings, whether in ourselves or in the world…God does work in us despite our tiny faith, our instability and timidity!” (Dynamis 7/15/2020)

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