“Faith is not simply a patience that passively suffers until the storm is past.  Rather, it is a spirit that bears things — with resignations, yes, but above all, with blazing, serene hope.”

— Corazon Aquino

How fitting that “Corazon” would be the name of a woman who speaks from her “heart.”

How on earth could we make it through the day without Faith?  Relax.  I’m not going to try to recruit you for some new religion or sermonize about the perils of having too little faith.  Rather, I think about the way that every step we take requires faith that the ground will not fall away under our feet.  Life is an adventure through unknown territory.  We like to think that we can predict outcomes as we make decisions; but if you think about the process of making a choice, you will see that in addition to our logic and intellect there is a component of faith — in our judgment, in the validity of our logic — that allows us to take the next step into the future.

“Faith is not simply a patience that passively suffers until the storm is past.”  How true.  Patience that passively suffers sounds more like fear than faith.  It stops us in our tracks, sends us scurrying to hide under the bed, and leaves us cowering until the storm is over.  When I was a child, thunder and lightning would send me running in the middle of the night to crawl into my parents’ bed.  I was afraid; and no amount of reason could convince me to stand with courage in the face of a storm.  I’m not sure which came first — a step of courage or a step of faith; but gradually, as I grew older my faith in the reliability of the laws of the universe allowed me to step out in courage to test the waters.  With each exercise of faith, my courage grew; and with the growth of courage and faith, my life became a journey of hope.  Faith begets courage as we step forward and trust that the earth will not swallow us up.  Courage leads us on paths where we discover that we have the choice to bring change to the world.  When we see the world move toward kindness and light, hope becomes our banner as we move ahead.

Let’s not hide under the bed and cower when the storms come.  Let us have the faith to learn about the storm and to stand in the midst of its power, knowing that the world will not end.  Above all, let us live each day in hope — “blazing, serene hope.”