Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Faith Becomes You

"Look to Him that you may be radiant with joy and your faces may not blush with shame."
Psalm 33:6

For Valentine's Day, my husband and I had a long overdue night out at the movies. Although we had received free movie vouchers months ago, we couldn't decide on a movie until I read the Deacon's Bench review of The Rite. My husband loves scary movies. I don't. When I was growing up my mom always told me not to watch movies about the devil because by doing so, you are allowing him access to your soul. Years ago, when Paul and I were still dating, he took me to a see a movie called The Prince of Darkness, despite my mother's warning. It truly was a good date movie, believe it or not, because I had my face buried in his chest the entire time while I prayed the Hail Mary over and over again! Nothing like fear to draw you close, is there?

Now, with the encouragement from the Deacon's words, I decided that I could handle this one and it would be a movie that both Paul and I would enjoy. As we passed the ticket taker at the theater he delighted in giving us the direction;"The Rite is on the left! Nice romantic movie choice for Valentine's Day!" :)

It was a good movie, it really made me appreciate my Catholic faith, but it freaked me out plenty as well! As we were leaving, I saw an usher from our parish and said "Makes me want to run right to church!" "I'll meet you there!" he replied. I wasn't the only one who felt the fear portrayed in that movie!

I haven't been able to stop thinking about The Rite all day today, and it has brought about an interesting discussion this evening between Paul and I. My favorite line from the movie was delivered by Anthony Hopkins' character to the young Seminarian in his charge near the very end. He said, "Faith becomes you." So I took those words to adoration tonight and held them before the Lord in prayer...

Faith Becomes You

When fear presses down and my thoughts turn to escape, I look to the Lord and hear Him say-
Faith Becomes You

When I'm misunderstood and others whisper behind me, I look to the Lord and hear Him say-
Faith Becomes You

When I forget who I am-a child of God, and behave in a sinful and scandalous manner, I look to the Lord and hear him say-Faith Becomes You

When stress and sorrows crowd around me everywhere I turn, I look to the Lord and hear Him say- Faith Becomes You

I sit before Him in His golden case recalling the words from a friend...

"Faith is resting in God's love, His presence and His provision."

And I become more like Him when I rest in His love, His presence and His provision.

Faith does become me. So, I carry the becoming of my faith in my heart as I leave His presence and when I am surrounded by fear, misunderstanding, sin, stress and sorrow, I will look to the Lord in faith and find that he is always present to me and I can rest...

I can rest.

Oh Lord, I waited long for this time with You. Thank You for the gift of Your restful presence. Thank You for the gift of my faith. Amen.


  1. Thank you for your testimony to your faith...you inspire. Thank you for your prayers breathed out before the Blessed Sacrament.

  2. After coming out of that movie, I couldn't help thinking about fear. Fear of God is the only thing that is proper. Fear of anything calls us to a deeper faith in God.

  3. I haven't heard of the movie but I sure love your poem and reflection, surely infused by the love of God from that monstrance. I could picture you burying your head in HIS chest too;-)