My friend, Seth Fisher, recently passed this creed onto me.
He found it in the Celtic Daily Prayer and I found it encouraging.
“I still believe in the power of the priesthood, where
sinful men are helped by sinful men. I believe in an
authority that stoops to wash a poor man’s feet. I
Believe in a banquet where sinners learn to love,
eating in company with their God. I believe in parents
who teach their children the beauty that is life.
I believe in the words that God has left for man, words
that can fashion hope from darkness and turn bitter
loneliness into love. And I believe in the beauty
of his mind, the force of his emotions, the fire and loyalty of his
love. I know his weakness, his cowardice, his treachery, his hate. But
I believe in him and his thirst for acceptance and love.
Most of all I believe in God and the power of His victory in Christ. I believe
In a Resurrection that rescued man from death. I believe in an Easter that opened man
To hope. I believe in a peace that I know in fleeting moments and seek with boldness born
Of God. I believe in a life that lingers after this, and a life that God has fashioned for His friends.
I believe in understanding, in forgivenss, in mercy, in faith. I believe in man’s love for woman,
and hers for him, and in the fervor of this exchange I hear the voice of God. I believe in friendship and its power to turn selfishness to love. I believe in eternity and the hope that it affords.
Fr. James Kavanagh