Authentic faith

Aug 21, 2022

Rev. Stephen Wade served as a spiritual director on our August Directed Retreat last week. He often offers insightful resources to his directees as they are unpacking their spiritual journey. Today, he shares one of these powerful resources with us. Comment and let us know if it spoke to you.

Authentic faith is more than an echo of a tradition. It is a creative situation, an event. For God is not always silent, and man is not always blind. In everylight, faith man’s life there are moments when there is a lifting of the veil at the horizon of the known, opening a sight of the eternal. Each of us has a least once in his life experienced the momentous reality of God. Each of us has once caught a glimpse of the beauty, peace and power that flow through the souls of those who are devoted to Him. But such experiences or inspirations are rare events. To some people they are like shooting stars, passing and unremembered. In others they kindle a light that is never quenched. The remembrance of that experience and the loyalty to the response of that moment are the forces that sustain our faith. In this sense, faith is faithfulness, loyalty to an event, loyalty to our response.

~Abraham Joshua Heschel