Fr. Mark-Mary tells us how to stock up on faith for the future by keeping in mind the proof of God’s love in times passed. Using a concept called “identity capital” from the book The Defining Decade by Meg Jay, Fr. Mark-Mary says we can store up faith capital for times when it’s hard to have faith.
Identity capital is our collection of personal assets. As Jay explains, it’s “the repertoire of individual resources that we assemble over time,” meaning life experiences, work, study, and relationships that become a part of us. Identity capital can help us remember our identity when we’re having an identity crisis.
God has done so many things throughout history and in our own lives to prove that his love endures forever. He gave us strength to endure through dark times in our lives, and guided us away from things that would harm us because his love endures forever. If we gather up a stockpile of memories recalling God’s grace to us, when our faith is struggling we can access this faith capital.
Build up your faith and trust in God today so you can endure the faith struggles that will come in the future. When we pray “give us this day our daily bread” we acknowledge that God gives us the chance to invest in our faith everyday, and we’re promising to take advantage of that daily grace.
Meet Fr. Mark-Mary
Father Mark-Mary was ordained as a Franciscan Friar of the Renewal (CFR) in 2018 and lives at a friary in the Bronx.
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