Posted September 07, 2012:

by Catherine Doherty.

So you are beginning to have doubts—a very wholesome occupation. To have doubts brings one closer to God, for he expected and expects to be doubted. In fact, while he was on earth, his miracles and all his speeches were directed to people who obviously doubted what he said.

Take, for instance, when he said, In truth I tell you, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you will have no life in you (Jn 6:53).

Many, perhaps most, of the people listening to him left him. Then he turned to the apostles and asked, What about you? Do you want to go away, too? (Jn 6:67) That was the moment of faith.

In experiencing doubts, you understand something you didn’t understand before, and the mystery of Christ opens its doors to you. I have a suspicion that it is the doubter who knocks at the door of Christ. The "righteous one" who never doubts, doesn’t knock at God’s heart. Only those who doubt cry out to him.

Return and knock at his heart. At once the heart opens, the doubts vanish, and, for a while, all is well.

Adapted from In the Furnace of Doubts, (2002), pp. 12-14, available from MH Publications



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