Thursday, May 09, 2013
19. "To approach God we must believe." Thus speaks St. Paul. He also says, "Faith is the substance of things to be hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." That is, "faith makes so present and so certain future goods, that by it, they take on existence in our soul and subsist there before we have fruition of them. St. John of the Cross says that it serves as feet to go to God, and that it is possession in an obscure manner. It alone can give us true light concerning Him whom we love, and our soul must choose it as the means to reach blessed union. It pours out in torrents in the depths of our being all spiritual goods, Christ, speaking to the Samaritan woman, indicated faith when he promised to all those who would believe in Him that he would give them a fountain of water springing up unto life everlasting. Thus even in this life faith gives us God, covered, it is true, with a veil but nonetheless God himself. "When that which is perfect comes", that is clear vision, then "that which is imperfect" in other words, knowledge given through faith, "will receive all its perfection."