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What does it mean, to "believe?"
"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord's words to her would be fulfilled." (Luke 1:39). St. John Paul II calls this verse a "key" to understanding Mary in his encyclical, "Mother of the Redeemer."
"HEAR, O Israel... you shall love the Lord your God with all your HEART...". The call to hear, listen to what is meant to be heard; and to have a heart that responds in love: this is the dynamic!
To REALLY believe, means that there is no disruption between believing and carrying out.
There is such a desire, fueled by grace, that enables the hearing to penetrate the heart so adequately, fully, that the carrying out can't help but be part of that one movement, sparked by holy desire.
This is to truly believe.
A living expression stood out to me after Holy Communion on the Solemnity of the Annunciation. I don't recall why, but a question surfaced in my mind: "What does it mean, to have faith?"
Joy sprang up in me moments later, as I noticed what sounded like the answer being sung in the refrain of the Communion hymn: "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God, my Savior."
Written by "A Listening Heart"
Other Blogs by Secular Discalced Carmelites:
- Bethany Hang Out – a blog by Shawn Chapman, OCDS. Shawn is a member of the Austin community of Secular Discalced Carmelites. She also writes regularly for ATX Catholic online.
- Elizabeth Explores Writing – a blog by Elizabeth Ogilvie, OCDS. Elizabeth is a Secular Discalced Carmelite of the U.S. Central Province.
- Gray Rising – a blog by Tim Bete, OCDS. Tim is a member of the community of the Secular Discalced Carmelites in Dayton, OH.
- Hearth Cake and a Jug of Water – Mary Bellman, a member of the Dallas OCDS community, sends out a daily Carmelite quotation by e-mail. Send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be added on her mailing list and receive these Carmelite quotations.
- Illumina, Domine – a blog by Pat Enk, a Secular Discalced Carmelite of the U.S. Central Province.