He Hath Said

And the apostle said unto the Lord, increase our faith. -Luke 17:5

Be anxious about your faith, for all your graces hang upon it. Faith is the root-grace: all other virtues and graces spring from it, Tell me of love; how can I love him in whom I do not believe. If I do not believe that there is a God, and that He is the rewarder of all them that diligently seek Him, how can I possibly love Him? Tell me of patience: how can I exercise patience unless I have faith? For faith looks to the recompense of the reward: she says, that “all things are working together for our good,” she believes that from our distresses the greater glory shall spring, and therefore she can endure. Tell me of courage: but who can have courage if he has not faith? Take what virtue you will, and…

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