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Revitalising Catholic Culture and IdentityBy Vernon Khelawan

I wonder how many Roman Catholics in this Archdiocese are finding difficulty in living up to practices that will enhance their experience of the “Year of Faith”? I would want to think the number is not enormous.

Talking about faith to family and friends is hardly ever difficult, but actually practising it is a completely different story. Daily we face trials and challenges: some serious, others not so terrible. Often, we may recall the old saying: “God is testing my faith.”

Maybe we are right in this belief and should follow it up by putting our faith in God and asking him for solutions. To many of us faith is just a word. Deep and sustained faith is only acquired by constant prayer and practice.

Daily challenges tend to feed fear, which then turns into worry and when this takes hold the devil is happy. He’s got you where he wants you. He’s got you chugging along with a faith level that’s barely growing and the result of such action is that spiritual progress is severely compromised. When that happens your faith is not able to grow. As a matter of fact we can say it is shrinking.

This is the time however that you must make every effort to truly activate your faith and push it to a higher level. The weapon we need to use in this fight is the WORD. By developing the habit of reading the scriptures every day, or at least as often as possible, you build a kind of faith armour to keep the thrusts of the enemy off.

So by developing the simple habit of reading and meditating on the WORD can assist in moving your faith to a higher level.

Talking about faith recently, a blogger asked. How do you activate faith? “Activate faith by speaking the Word of God. Let it sink down inside of you and transform your being. Always remember His word is alive; His word is truth; His word is your weapon. So take hold of His promises and find where it is written!”

Can we be encouraged then, to pledge that in this “Year of Faith” we will make every effort to become stronger in faith by seeking the word and rather than activating fear when challenges arise, activate faith.