Faith – a Cornerstone of St. Francis



“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 

Some people say “I won’t believe it unless I see it!”  But others say “I can’t see it until I believe it!”

But faith is a stance that believes that there is more to this world than what can be seen simply with the physical eye.  Our physical senses are only a part of our make-up as human beings.  We also have a heart and a soul.  

Having faith is not the same as being gullible.  We come to faith with good, sound reasons.

Neither is faith a crutch.  Believing in Christ who calls us to turn the other cheek, love our enemies, etc., is not for the faint of heart.  It is a challenge that we can face only by faith in a God is who there and can help us.

In his movie Crimes and Misdemeanors, Woody Allen uses eyes, seeing and vision symbolism to talk about faith.  In a very scene, a good rabbi is going blind, and he goes to the office of a successful opthamologist.  The opthamologist, however, has recently committed murder and is quickly losing his moral bearings as he tries to deal with his crime.  The good blind rabbi, and the bad eye doctor!  What a juxtaposition.

What is one thing that you are convinced is real, but that you can’t see or “prove”?


Father Wismer




Published by: wismered

an Episcopalian priest living in Houston, Texas. My wife and I have 4 kids thriving in college! Day job is pastoring 850+ students, 18 months to 8th grade at St Francis Episcopal Day School.

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