When Jesus Asks for a Convicted Faith

Iwill never forget my first examinations in the seminary, Latin and Scriptures. They are not memorable because I excelled in them, but because I failed them woefully despite my best efforts. I was so discouraged with the results that I asked, “God, are you really calling me to be a priest?” My question in desperation showed I had faith in my vocation but I lacked inner conviction. I lacked conviction because I believed more in my own performance and circumstances than on God calling me to the priesthood out of His love for me. In short, my faith was devoid of real conviction then because it was conditional. Our faith too lacks conviction when it is grounded on our condition, accomplishment, or performance in life, and not on what God is doing in our lives.  

When Jesus Asks for a Convicted Faith

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