Face to face with Christ


When we ask for faith it seems we are, as it were, turning our face toward his face.

It seems that God desires this very simple action to happen so that he and we are face-to-face!  He wants to look at our face;  he loves to see our face facing him.  Yet so often we avoid this simple act.  Even while we beg him for various favors, we somehow close not only our physical eyes but the eyes of our soul, strangely avoiding looking at him.  But we need to remember that he always looks at us, looks at us with deep love.

Faith is that God-given gift that has healed so many who believed in God; the leper, the blind man, the woman with the issue of blood, the servant of the Roman soldier — and millions of others who are not mentioned in the Bible or outside of it.

Faith — the father of love and of hope, as well as of trust and confidence.  Faith — that sees God's face in every human face.  As it grows and as we pray and beseech God for it, faith identifies us with Christ.  Faith heals by asking God to heal.  Faith heals others because of the faith I have in the Lord.

Faith walks simply, "childlikely," between the darkness of human life and the hope, the knowledge through faith, of what is to come.  "For eye has not seen nor ear heard what God reserves for those who love him" (cf 1 Cor 2:9)

Faith — an incredible, fantastic realty, untouchable, unweighable.  Faith — contact between God and man.  In faith the eye of God meet the eyes of man, until there is such a little veil between us and the reality that is God, it seems we can almost touch him.

Faith breaks barriers.  Faith makes out of love a bonfire.  Faith is contagious when shown by any one of us to the other.




Catherine Doherty, CM. "Face to face with Christ." from Re-Entry Into Faith: "Courage — be not afraid". (Combermere Ontario: Madonna House Publications, 2012)

Reprinted with permission of Madonna House Publications.

This excerpt appeared in Magnificat in May 2013.


Catherine Doherty (1896-1985) used her heritage as a Russian Christian as a matrix for responding to the needs of Christian life and work in the modern world. Her own personal pilgrimage led her to be "poor with the poor Christ" in the slums of Toronto and in Harlem; and later to the establishing of the world-wide Madonna House Apostolate. A dedicated wife and mother, Catherine was also a prolific writer of hundreds of articles, a best-selling author of dozens of books, a renowned national speaker, and a pioneer of social justice. Catherine Doherty's cause for canonization as a saint is now under consideration by the Catholic Church. Among her books are: Re-Entry Into Faith: "Courage — be not afraid", Soul of My Soul Coming to the Heart of Prayer, Living The Gospel Without Compromise, An Experience of God Identification with Christ — a Road to the Mystical Life, and Catherine de Hueck Doherty: Essential Writing.

Copyright © 2012 Madonna House Publications

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