Msgr. Vaghi in "The Priest"

Monsignor Peter J. Vaghi, a member of the Board of Directors of Saint Luke Institute, wrote an article published in the January 2013 issue of The Priest, a national magazine published by Our Sunday Visitor. 

In "The Gift and Challenge of Faith" Msgr. Vaghi, who also serves as pastor of the Church of the Little Flower in Bethesda, Maryland, and chaplain of the John Carroll Society, writes: 

"We must never forget, however, that — in addition to being a free response on our part — faith is a grace and gift of God to us, an impulse of the Holy Spirit. Pope Benedict once wrote perceptively, speaking of Christ’s invitation to faith out of love, that 'even before we seek the Lord or invoke him, it is He himself who comes to meet us, who lowers heaven to stretch out His hand to us and raise us to His heights; all He expects of us is that we trust totally in Him, that we really take hold of His hand.'

"Our taking hold of His hand is a free human act, a 'response' on our part, each day not only to the very Person of Jesus Christ but to the message He teaches and continues to teach in and through the Catholic Church. Faith is thus a response to the love of our God for us who continually reveals and communicates His love for us. It is at once personal and ecclesial. Faith is never a private act.

"Faith grows in stages in our lives and in our relationships with each other. It requires perseverance, and it is reasonable. It is a journey that lasts a lifetime, a journey begun as we pass through the door of Baptism. At some times, we seem to be overwhelmed with doubts and an inability to understand how it is that our faith gives meaning to our lives and the many secular and increasing challenges which even seemingly preclude a place for God in our lives."