IF ONE SPEAKS TO OTHERS about something they have never seen, and if they know of nothing similar which could give them a clue, they may perhaps be able to accept the name, but will never be able to form an image of the thing, as for example a person born blind will have no idea of color. SUCH IS FAITH to the soul. It informs us of things we have never seen nor heard nor do we know anything that might be similar to them. We can only accept what we are told by turning off the light of our natural knowledge.
We have to agree with what we hear without having any of the senses elucidate it for us. Therefore faith is a totally dark night for the soul. But it is precisely by these means that it brings her light: a knowledge of perfect certainty that exceeds all other knowledge and science so that one can arrive in perfect contemplation at a correct conception of faith. That is why it is said: SI NON CREDIDERITIS, NON INTELLIGETIS (“If you do not believe, you will not understand,” Is 7:9)
Faith is a dark night, but also…it is a way: the way to the goal toward which the soul strives, to union with God. For it alone gives knowledge of God. And how is one to arrive at union with God without knowing him? However, in order to be led by faith to the goal, the soul must conduct itself in the right manner. She must enter into the night of faith of her own choice and by her own power. (St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross)
Saint Teresa Benedicta (Edith Stein; died 1942) was a German philosopher and a convert from Judaism who became a Carmelite nun and was put to death at Auschwitz.
POPE FRANCIS HAS THIS TO SAY ABOUT FAITH:
Being a Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction.
Thanks solely to this encounter–or renewed encounter–with God’s love, which blossoms into an enriching friendship, we are liberated from our narrowness and self-absorption.
We become fully human when we become more than human, when we let God bring us beyond ourselves in order to attain the fullest truth of our being.
Here we find the source and inspiration of all our efforts at evangelization. For if we have received the love which restores meaning to our lives, how can we fail to share that love with others?