4 Cornerstones of Faith

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Liam O’Mara
Faith is a very difficult thing for many people to maintain. Just like a building, in order for it to become stable, reliant, and dependent, you must start from somewhere. Building blocks and, “cornerstones” are a necessity in constructing a strong relationship. The four cornerstones of our Catholic Faith are Jesus, Eucharist, Reconciliation, and Prayer. In an article written about faith, Monsignor McNamara spoke about the four cornerstones and how they relate to Faith. Monsignor is the type of person who not only desires to “talk the talk,” but to “walk the walk.” He writes about the story of the Sermon on the Mount and talks about how Jesus has given us guidelines, and/or “ominous warnings” about the meaning of “Faith.” A very complacent point is made in Monsignors article. He speaks about terrain, he speaks about building homes, and he speaks about how weather could affect this all. Building a house on sand is essentially the same thing has having a weak Faith. It is there, but when a windstorm comes, or something tragic happens in your life, that house, is to fall quickly. We cannot afford for our Faith to fall quickly, we must build our homes of Faith on solid rock, so that when storms come and attack us, we can withhold our Faith, and we can muscle through it and see the light at the end of the road. This analogy is very wise, and I think very easy to relate to for teenagers, whereas some other analogies might require a more experienced mind, this one is just right.

Our first “cornerstone” as Catholics is Jesus. He is the real deal. Everything we base our lives on is through him. Monsignor reminds us that Jesus has entrusted us with his teachings and he deserves our respect. These days people respond to authority with a laugh and a nod of the head, instead of showing ultimate respect like authority deserves. Monsignor does a good job of reminding us about this, I am lucky enough to say I have a strong...
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