"Faith" can be said in many ways, but one way or another both the intellect and the will must be involved. The Christian disciple is certainly called to believe in what God has revealed, but the apex of faith is total self-entrustment to the Lord. Solomon knew all about his God, even from personal experiences of blessing, and yet towards the end of his life he fell into apostasy. On the other hand, the Syrophoenician woman who approached Jesus probably spent her whole life as a Gentile not worshiping the Lord, and yet her one act of trust gained her the healing of her daughter. The message for the disciple of Christ is that fidelity and self-abandonment to God is vastly more important than moral or intellectual perfection. This isn't to negate the pursuit personal integrity, but to recognize that ultimately the blessings of the Lord come solely on the basis of our Spirit-inspired confidence in the power of God.
-Given at the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel (UST-St. Paul) on February 13, 2020.