Quote of the day: Believing to understand


“Unless you believe, you shall not understand” – Isaiah 7:9

Most things we have to understand first before we believe them. But there are some things that we must believe first in order to then understand them.

This hits on why faith is so important. Faith is what allows us to reach beyond ourselves. And in doing so, we put ourselves in a position to understand something more deeply than we otherwise ever could have.

Anyone who’s ever said something like “I don’t know how to explain it, you just have to try it” – knows exactly what this quote is saying.

At my university we have a saying about our school spirit (The Spirit of Aggieland) that goes like this:

“From the outside looking in, you can’t understand it. From the inside looking out, you can’t explain it.”

I always thought that quote was perfectly appropriate. And if it was appropriate at all for our school, it is infinitely more appropriate when talking about our Catholic Faith and Christianity in general.

There are certain aspects of God that our minds simply can’t comprehend – but we can indeed experience them. But in order to experience them fully, we must take some leap of faith first. Then once we’ve experienced them for ourselves, we are then able to more fully understand.

2 comments Add comment

Joe Henzler December 12, 2008 at 12:59 pm

The “Aggieland” quote is very cool. I’m gonna put that one in my pocket if you don’t mind.

Matthew Warner December 13, 2008 at 1:54 pm

Glad you like it!

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