DAILY CATHOLIC    WEDNESDAY     August 12, 1998     vol. 9, no. 157


Column by Father John H. Hampsch, C.M.F.

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          "Keys for Living God's Will" by the respected religious Father John Hampsch, C.M.F. is a regular feature of each issue. Fr. Hampsch continues with excerpts from his book, co-authored by Clint Kelly, entitled "Faith: Key to the Heart of God" in which we see Fr. John's teachings put into succinct stories that all can relate to and which will unlock the door to understanding how faith can come alive in our own daily experience. Father has made available, through God's Living Word, how to capture Heaven's fire in our soul and how to blaze a victory trail both here on earth and in Heaven. Fr. John illustrates how Jesus exudes faith in and for us and only by loving Him unconditionally can we truly demonstrate our love for Him through nurturing our faith as he illustrates in his topic: Survival of the Spiritually Fittest part two. Fr. John's column along with columns by Sister Mary Lucy Astuto and Father Stephen Valenta, O.F.M. Conv. promise simple, but effective and vital insights into our faith and ways of fulfilling God's Will every day in every way. We invite you to visit his website at http://members.aol.com/HampschCTM/ctm/home.html or you can reach him at HampschCTM@aol.com or John Hampsch@WebTV.com by e-mail.

"Faith: Key to the Heart of God"

Fifty-Second Installment: Survival of the Spiritually Fittest part two

          Jesus began His Church with twelve apostles. A good number of His disciples doubted Him when He started to preach about the Eucharist: "Some of you don't believe me" (John 6:64); so they left Him (verse 66). Jesus watched this winnowing process. Thousands came to enjoy His miracles and healing but at the end, how many were there at the foot of the cross? How many of the thousands of people whom He fed with the multiplied food came to Pentecost? Only 120 followers, 120 Christians! The winnowing during Jesus' first coming will be seen again before His second coming (I Timothy 4:1).

          During all the "fireworks", the "pyrotechnics" of setting up the Kingdom, everyone wanted to get in on the act, to be part of the crowd being healed or witnessing healings by Jesus, or eating the multiplied loaves, but very few had a driving desire to give consistent glory to God and followed Jesus with dedication (Luke 22:28). Those who did superficially on Palm Sunday abandoned Him to His crucifixion five days later. That same pattern emerges again and again today. People flock to prayer meetings and charismatic Masses and retreats, but when their faith grows weak, they drift way.

          God's power becomes more and more dynamic in that little handful who remains, and His future Church will explode outward from them. That is why faith is so important. That faith is lodged only in those who lovingly and closely follow Jesus, believing and trusting in His love.

          This is my challenge to you. What do you want to do with your life? Do you want merely to be a Sunday morning Christian, or a builder of the Kingdom? In this age, you have an opportunity that the Church has never seen in its entire history to usher in the King of Kings.

          For those who have faith, life is beautiful. For some people, each morning is "ho-hum, another day, another dollar." For people of deep faith, each morning means a new day of challenge and discovery, another day to love the Lord, "believing in His love for us" (I John 4:16).

          How about you? Do you get up with an exuberant "Good morning, Lord!", or disgruntled "Good Lord, it's morning!"?

          Faith, you'll find, makes all the difference.

    In the next installment, part three of "Survival of the Spiritually Fittest.

August 12, 1998       volume 9, no. 157


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