The "leap of faith"
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An act of will is required.  That is why God has left us free will, so that we may choose to believe in him of our own accord.

The impetus for such an act of will can (must, really) differ from man to man.  At one extreme, you can have an instant, total conversion, like Saul on the road to Tarsus, or (somebody help me out with the name here, I have forgotten) like that Jewish man in Italy, I think in the 1500's, who was stridently anti-Catholic until the BVM appeared to him one night.  He might be a Blessed. (Sorry for lack of concrete reference, it's in a thread here, but I can't find it just now).

At the other end, you could have somebody like me who comes to, or comes back to, the faith bit by bit over years and years and finally realizes that it's the Truth.  Very, very gradual, until finally the scale tips in the other direction.

That may or may not qualify as a "leap".  But, at some point, no matter what, you still have to say "I believe".....and there'll never be proof.

EDITED TO ADD: http://catholicforum.fisheaters.com/inde...sg22045610
19th century Jewish banker Alphonse Ratisbonne, who was not only a Jew but vehemently anti-Catholic. He was touring Rome, when someone gave him a Miraculous Medal to wear as a "test." He wore it just to "prove" there was nothing miraculous about the medal at all.

That night he was abruptly awakened by the vision of a large cross (not a crucifix), quite distinct, at the foot of his bed. He tried to shake the vision, but couldn't. Later the next day, he felt compelled to stop at a Church (just to admire the artwork, he tells himself) when in the sanctuary he saw a vision Our Lady, tall, brilliant, her hands are outstretched, like those in the image of the Miraculous Medal. The entire experience takes moments, but is enough to make a lifelong convert out of Alphonse. Eleven days later he was baptized and received his first communion. Everyone who is anyone in Europe is there, for the news of Alphonse's conversion caused a great sensation. The following month the Vatican held a canonical process to investigate the circumstances surrounding the conversion, which is widely perceived as a confirmation by Heaven of the efficacy of the Miraculous Medal. Later, Ratisbonne entered a Jesuit order and became a priest, laboring among the Jews and Arabs in the Holy Land. He establishes orphanages and schools for poor children, builds the Church of the Ecce Homo, and lives a life of extraordinary sanctity. He dies at Ain Karem, reputed site of the Visitation. On his deathbed, he goes into ecstasy -- apparently seeing, one last time, the Lady of the Miraculous Medal.

Thank you, StrictCatholicGirl!
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The "leap of faith" - by Historian - 05-17-2010, 11:12 AM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by WhollyRoaminCatholic - 05-17-2010, 11:36 AM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by Historian - 05-17-2010, 11:44 AM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by St.Ambrose - 05-17-2010, 12:40 PM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by Walty - 05-17-2010, 12:43 PM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by St.Ambrose - 05-17-2010, 12:47 PM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by Jesse - 05-17-2010, 01:11 PM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by Walty - 05-17-2010, 01:14 PM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by St.Ambrose - 05-17-2010, 01:15 PM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by St.Ambrose - 05-17-2010, 01:16 PM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by Walty - 05-17-2010, 01:19 PM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by St.Ambrose - 05-17-2010, 01:21 PM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by timoose - 05-17-2010, 02:53 PM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by SouthpawLink - 05-17-2010, 03:43 PM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by Vetus Ordo - 05-17-2010, 04:03 PM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by Edward - 05-17-2010, 05:06 PM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by Walty - 05-17-2010, 06:52 PM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by Historian - 05-17-2010, 07:58 PM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by Walty - 05-17-2010, 08:05 PM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by Historian - 05-17-2010, 08:30 PM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by winoblue1 - 05-17-2010, 09:15 PM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by DesperatelySeeking - 05-18-2010, 09:11 AM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by SaintSebastian - 05-18-2010, 10:02 AM
Re: The "leap of faith" - by Walty - 05-19-2010, 10:39 PM



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