A Choice to be More Godful

Father Bob’s homily at the Advent Penance Service…

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PENANCE SERVICE ADVENT 2014

Recently a friend told me someone we both knew had lost her faith.  I had a strange thought.  I wonder if she is happy.  You don’t usually associate losing one’s faith with happiness, yet most of the decisions we make in life tend toward making us happier, more complete and more satisfied.  If one lets go of their faith, rather than struggling with it, has one made a considered decision that this is what makes sense for themselves, that this is what brings peace?  Are they happier?

We know from experience that is hardly ever the case.  That those who lose faith are not happier or more joyful. They often seem in a rush to fill it up whatever place faith held in their lives but no new activity, hobby or habit can replace the living God. If faith was not fulfilling before, they have retreated…

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