Do you feel the world is coming apart and keeping faith in it has become exceedingly difficult? The causes of this despondency can range from leaders who spend more time criticizing one another than confronting climate change to fights over vaccines, “the big lie” and civility itself.
Added to this, our moral compass is out of sync. Secularism, which believes we do not need God, is on the rise. When order is disrupted, disorder reigns, as do bizarreness and chaos. Worse is the loss of faith and lacking a sense of trust and commitment.
How then do we maintain faith amid mind-blowing godlessness?
One meaning of “life” is we are en route, on a journey, constantly needing updating, an “aggiornamento.” A misconception of faith is to think it was dropped into our lap from heaven and will always be strong. As heavenly as it is, it is prone to human weakness.
Patience counsels, “Don’t let anything break your spirit.” Today’s news, however, is often a spirit-breaker. To realize this, just reflect on how well we sleep after experiencing disturbing news.
In an age of spirit-breaking, faith would counsel we examine our journey to check if we might need to change its direction. What needs to be rearranged to make us more well-disposed?
Have we taken an account of the ratio between negativity and positivity we ingest? When last did we try to increase our positive outlook and lower our negativity? Have we checked what is most influencing us in our thinking and worldview?
Do we ever think of God’s providence? Although our world may seem to be falling apart, do we ever ask if God is challenging us providentially to rethink how precious our faith is, to realize it is the glue that keeps us unified within ourselves and needs continuous care?
Undoubtedly much of today’s dysfunctionality exists, causing us to see our world coming apart and attacking our faithfulness. The positive side of this distress is that it prompts us to go within ourselves to check where our faith really is and to consider the strength needed to sustain it.
Join the CatholicPhilly.com family
CatholicPhilly.com works to strengthen the connections between people, families and communities every day by delivering the news people need to know about the Catholic Church, especially in the Philadelphia region, and the world in which we live.
By your donation in any amount, you and hundreds of other people become part of our mission to inform, form in the Catholic faith and inspire the thousands of readers who visit every month.
Here is how you can help:
- A $100 gift allows us to present award-winning photos of Catholic life in our neighborhoods.
- A $50 gift enables us to cover a news event in a local parish, school or Catholic institution.
- A $20 gift lets us obtain solid faith formation resources that can deepen your spirituality and knowledge of the faith.
- A small, automated monthly donation means you can support us continually and easily.
Won't you consider making a gift today?
Please join in the church's vital mission of communications by offering a gift in whatever amount that you can ― a single gift of $40, $50, $100, or more, or a monthly donation. Your gift will strengthen the fabric of our entire Catholic community and sustain CatholicPhilly.com as your trusted news source. Thank you in advance!
Make your donation by credit card here:
Or make your donation by check:
222 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103