"If having faith was easy, everyone would be doing it." Although I was teasing when I said this to a friend last night, there was definite truth to the statement. There are many ideas and concepts in the Catholic faith that can make difficult at times to accept it all as truth. One of those is the allowing of suffering by God (He isn't the agent of pain but thanks to the sin of Adam/Eve we are a fallen people, and God will allow suffering for a greater good). Another difficulty is continuing to believe in God amongst the silence we can sometimes experience during our spiritual journey.
I'm going to generalize, although I'm sure there is always a danger in that - however I do believe for the most part, people seek God in good feelings. They attend services or religious events that will somehow create some positive reaction in them, like the infatuation stage of a budding relationship. Then, if whatever they are participating in, fails to produce a plethora of good feelings, they dismiss it and go seeking for the next thing. One of my favorite quotes from chapter 6 of When Faith Feels Fragile (by Rev. R. Scott Hurd) is this:
"The goal is for us to love God, not the feelings God gives."
Here are some other thoughts to ponder -- I'll delve into this deeper in my next blog: