When I write about my Faith… upper-case F… I mean my Catholic Faith, my religion, my theology. I mean the doctrines of the Catholic Church. The closest synonym I can think of for this kind of Faith is belief.
I feed my Faith by watching the Mass on EWTN, by reading the Bible [Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition], by reading the Catechism Of The Catholic Church [not as much as I should, I admit!], by reading other good Catholic books, by praying The Liturgy Of The Hours [there are some wonderful writings in the Office Of Readings], and by praying the Rosary.
When I write faith, lower-case f, I mean my personal faith, my philosophy, which in no way contradicts my theology. I don’t see how it could….my theology is a very large part of my philosophy. Faith, upper-case F, means, for example, knowing that God made the universe, all the galaxies, all the planets, and keeps them in existence, while faith, lower-case f, means knowing that He made them and keeps them in existence for me, personally.
It’s knowing that Jesus loves me… not just as one of many, many, (I could not type the word “many” enough times to express it!) who have ever lived, are living now, or will ever live. No. He loves me, me as an individual. He loves each one of us that way.
Lower-case-f faith is knowing that God is my Father, and will always take care of me. [I expect the people around me to treat me like the adult I am physically and mentally, but to God I will always be just a very little girl,]
The closest homonym I can think of for that kind of faith is trust.
And I admit that sometimes my faith wavers, sometimes it grows weak. Sometimes fear gets in the way.
I feed my faith by watching the Mass on EWTN, by reading the Bible [Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition], by reading other good religious books, Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish, by praying the Rosary, and by praying in my own words.
My Faith and my faith feed each other….and feed me.