Madonna House

Trust

by Catherine Doherty

Trust is a beautiful but very delicate virtue. It is a gentle offshoot of faith. Trust begins when reason as we understand it—that is, the intellect—folds its “wings” and allows “the wings of faith” to open up. For trust cannot exist without faith.

If I have faith in a person, an institution, a community, a family, I will trust! Wherever there is faith, there is trust.

The first one we must trust is God—the Trinity. Do we really? Most of the time we either question the existence of God or, if we believe that he does exist, we question his ability to help us. We think that our everyday problems are our own to solve, and that we needn’t have faith or trust in God to solve them.

If it were possible, we would prefer to solve our own problems all the time. It gives us a sense of power, of being our own master. We are willing to have God around and to rely on him only when it becomes quite evident that we cannot solve things ourselves.

Yet, without trust there can be no bonds between husband and wife, between children and parents, between members of a religious community, or between men and women in general.

Because of this lack of trust, we have no peace. How can anybody have outward peace when there is no inward peace? Inner peace lies in the arms of faith and trust, and, of course, love and hope.

Adapted from Grace in Every Season, (2001), p. 303-304, November 17, available from MH Publications