What steps are good for Catholics who have the desire to believe but are really struggling with their faith?


Full Question

I was raised Catholic. Now my faith is now all but completely gone. I have been researching the question of God's existence for some time, reading books from Catholic apologists, listening to theism/atheism debates, and asking God (who I am not sure is there) to help me. Should I continue going to Mass? What steps are good for Catholics who have the desire to believe but are really struggling with their faith?

Answer

First of all, just because you have doubts does not mean that you don’t believe. If one wills to believe, one believes. I expect that you do believe. Listening to or reading debates between atheists and believers isn’t going to do it for you. It’s not just a matter of finding the right argument. It’s a matter of meeting a Person. As a favor to me and to yourself, spend a half hour before his presence in the tabernacle for a month. It’s OK if you miss a day or two. But try to make it every day. Tell the Lord that you want to believe in him and all that the Church teaches about him. And then just sit. Let him do the work.


Fr. Vincent Serpa O.P.