THE POWER OF FAITH
FAITH TRANSPORTS MOUNTAINS
The power of faith. Religious faith. The state of unshakable faith. The parable of the dry fig-tree.
INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE SPIRITS: Faith, the mother of hope and charity. - Human and Divine faith.
1. And when they were come to the multitude, there came to Him a certain man,
kneeling down to Him, and saying, Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatic, and sore
vexed: for of times he falleth into the fire, and oftimes into the water. And I brought him to
Thy disciples, and they could not cure him. Then Jesus answered and said, 0 faithless and
perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I suffer you? Bring him
hither to me. And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was
cured from that very hour. Then came the disciples to Jesus apart and said, Why could we
not cast him out? And Jesus said unto them, because of your unbelief For verily I say unto
you, if ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto the mountain, remove hence
to yonder place, and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you (Matthew,
2. In one sense it is certain that confidence in one's own strength gives Man the capacity to
carry out material things which he would not be able to do if he doubted himself. However, here we
wish to deal exclusively with the moral sense of these words. The mountains which faith can
transport are the difficulties, the resistances, the ill will, in fact all those things which Man has to
face, even when we refer to good things. The prejudices, routines, materialistic interests,
selfishness, the blindness of fanaticism and the prideful passions are but a few of the mountains
which block the way of those who work for human progress. Robust faith gives perseverance,
energy and resources which allow us to overcome these obstacles, be they large or small. From
wavering faith results only uncertainty and the kind of hesitation which those adversaries we need
to combat take advantage of; this faith does not even try to find the means to win because it does
not believe it can.
3. Another acceptance of the term gives us to understand that faith is the confidence we
have in the realization of something, and the certainty of attaining a specific end. It gives us a kind
of lucidness which permits us to see,
in thought, the goal we wish to reach and the means of getting there, so that those who have faith
go forward, in a manner of speaking, with absolute security. In either one of these cases, it can give
place to the realization of great things.
Faith which is real and sincere is always calm; it permits patience which knows how to wait,
because having its foundation in intelligence and the understanding of life, it is certain of reaching
the objective it aspires to. Vacillating faith feels its own weakness; when its interest is aroused it
becomes frenzied and thinks it can supply the force it lacks by using violence. Calmness during the
struggle is always a sign of strength and confidence; whereas on the contrary violence denotes
weakness and self-doubt.
4. It behoves us not to confuse faith with presumption. True faith is linked to humility; those
who have it, deposit more confidence in God than in themselves, as they know they are but simple
instruments of Divine Purpose and can do nothing without God. This is the reason why the good
Spirits come to their aid. Presumption is less faith than pride, and pride is always punished sooner
or later by the deceptions and frustrations inflicted upon it.
5. The power of faith can be demonstrated in a direct and special manner in magnetic
action. Through the intermediary of faith, Man acts on the fluids, which are a universal agent,
modifying their qualities and giving them in a manner of speaking, irresistible impulsion. From this
it follows that whoever joins a normally great fluidic power to that of ardent faith can, solely by the
strength of their willpower directed towards goodness, operate those singular phenomena of healing
and other occurrences known in olden times as miracles, but which are nothing more than the
consequences of a Law of Nature. This is the reason for Jesus saying to His apostles that if they did
not cure it was because they had no faith.
RELIGIOUS FAITH. THE STATE OF UNSHAKABLE FAITH
6. From the religious point of view faith consists of the belief in the special dogmas which
constitute the various religions. All of them have their articles of faith. From this aspect faith may
be either blind or rationalized. Blind faith examines nothing and accepts without verification both
truth and falsehood, and at each step clashes with evidence and reason. Taken to the extreme it
produces fanaticism. While sitting upon error, sooner or later it collapses. Only faith that is based
on truth guarantees the future, because it has nothing to fear from the progress of enlightenment,
seeing that what is true in obscurity is also true in light Each religion claims to have possession of
the exclusive truth. But for someone to proclaim blind faith on a point of belief is to confess
themself impotent to demonstrate that they are right
7. It is commonly said that faith cannot be prescribed, from which many people declare it is
not their fault if they have no faith. Beyond doubt, faith cannot be prescribed, and what is even
more certain, it cannot be imposed. No, it cannot
be prescribed but only acquired, and there is no one who is prevented from possessing it, even
amongst those who are most refractory. We are speaking of basic spiritual truths and not of any
particular belief. It is not the part of faith to seek these people out, but they who should go and seek
faith, and if they search with sincerity they are bound to find. it. You can be sure that those who
say: There is nothing I should like more than to believe, but I cannot," only say this with their lips
and not with their hearts, seeing that while they are saying it they close their ears. However, the
proof is all around them, so why do they refuse to see? On the part of some it is indifference; of
others the fear of being forced to change their habits. But in the majority there is pride which
refuses to recognise the existence of a superior force because they would then have to bow down
In some people faith appears to be inborn, a spark being enough to cause it to unfold. This
ease of assimilation of spiritual truths is an evident sign of previous progress. On the contrary, in
others there is difficulty of assimilation which is a no less evident sign of their backward natures.
The first already believe and understand, having brought with them on being reborn the intuition of
what they know. Their education is complete. The second still have everything to learn; their
education is still to come. Nevertheless, come it will, and if it is not completed in this existence
then it will be in another.
The resistance of the unbeliever, we must agree, is almost always due less to himself than to
the manner in which things have been put to him. Faith needs a base, one that gives complete
understanding of what we are asked to accept. In order to believe it is not enough to see; above all
else it is necessary to understand. Blind faith is no longer of this century, so much so, that it is
exactly blind dogmatic faith which produces the greatest number of unbelievers today, because it
tries to impose itself, demanding the abdication of the most precious prerogatives of mankind,
which are rationalization and free-will. It is principally against this kind of faith that the unbeliever
rebels, so showing that it is true to say faith cannot be prescribed. Due to the non-acceptance of any
proofs, blind faith leaves the Spirit with a feeling of emptiness which gives birth to doubt.
Rationalized faith, when based on facts and logic, leaves no doubts. Then the person believes
because they are certain; and no one can be certain unless they understand. This is why they are
unshakable, because unshakable faith is that which can stand face to face with reason in all epochs
This is the result to which Spiritism conducts us, so triumphing against incredulity, as long
as it does not encounter systematic and preconceived opposition.
THE PARABLE OF THE DRY FIG-TREE
8. And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, He was hungry: and
seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, He came, if haply He might find
anything thereon: and when He came to it, He found nothing but leaves: for the time of figs
was not yet And Jesus answered and said unto it, no man eat fruit of thee hereafter forever.
And His disciples heard it And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried
up from the roots. And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto Him, Master, behold, the fig
tree which thou cursed is withered away. And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in
God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, be thou
removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that
those things which he saith shall come to pass. (Mark, 11:12-14 & 20-23.)
9. The dried up fig-tree is a symbol of those people appearing to have a tendency towards
goodness, but who in reality produce nothing worthwhile. They are like the preachers who show
more brilliance than substance, whose words have a superficial varnish to them in order to please
the ear, but which on close examination reveal nothing substantial for the heart, and after having
listened to them we ask ourselves of what benefit they have been.
It also symbolizes all those who can be useful but are not; of all utopias, empty orders and
doctrines without solid bases. What is most lacking in the majority of cases is true faith, productive
faith, the kind of faith which moves the fibres of the heart, in a word, the faith which moves
mountains. These people are like trees covered in leaves but devoid of fruits. This is why Jesus
condemns them to sterility, for the day will come when they will find themselves dry, even to the
roots. This is to say that all orders and doctrines which have produced no good for humanity will be
reduced to nothing. That all persons who are deliberately purposeless or idle, because they have not
put into action the resources they have brought with them, will be treated as the fig-tree which
10. Mediums are the interpreters of the Spirits, supplying the lack of material organs
through which they may transmit their instructions. Here is the reason why they are endowed with
faculties for this purpose. In these present days of social renewal, they have a very special
incumbency. They are like trees who are destined to supply spiritual sustenance to their brothers
and sisters. Their numbers multiply so there may be abundance of nutriment. They are everywhere,
in all countries, in all social classes, amongst rich and poor, great and small, so that no place may
be without them to demonstrate to mankind that all are called. However, if they turn away from the
providential objective for which this precious faculty was conceded, if they employ it for futile or
prejudicial things, if they put it to the service of mundane interests, if the fruits are bad instead of
being good, if they refuse to utilize it for the benefit of others, if they take no benefit from it for
themselves, thereby becoming better persons, then they are like the sterile fig-tree. God will take
away the gift that has become useless in their hands, that seed from which they did not know how
to bring forth fruit, and will allow them to fall into the hands of evil Spirits.
INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE SPIRITS.
FAITH, THE MOTHER OF HOPE AND CHARITY
11. In order to be profitable, faith must be active; it must not become benumbed. Mother of
all the virtues which lead to God, it has a duty to attentively keep watch over the development of
the children it generates. Hope and charity are inferences of faith and all three together form an
inseparable trinity. Is it not faith which helps us to have hope in the realisation of God's promises?
If there was no faith what would there be to hope for? Is it not faith which gives love? If you do not
have faith, what would be your worth and what quality would your love have?
Faith, that divine inspiration which awakens all those noble instincts which lead Man
towards goodness, is the base of all regeneration. Therefore it is necessary that this base be strong
and durable, as even the smallest doubt will cause it to shake, and what then of the edifice
constructed upon it? Consequently, this edifice must be raised upon immovable foundations. Your
faith must be stronger than the sophisms and mockery of the incredulous, seeing that faith which
cannot stand up to ridicule is not true faith.
Sincere faith is gripping and contagious; it communicates itself to those who have none or
who do not even desire it. It finds persuasive words which touch the soul, whereas apparent faith
only uses high sounding words which leave those who hear cold and indifferent. Preach through the
example of your faith, so as to transmit it to mankind. Preach through the example of your works,
so as to demonstrate the merit of faith. Preach through the firmness of your hope, so they may see
the confidence which fortifies and puts one in condition to confront all life's vicissitudes.
So then, have faith with all that it contains of beauty and goodness, with its pureness and
rationality. Do not accept a faith that cannot be substantiated. Love God knowing why you love
Him. Believe in His promises knowing why you believe in them. Follow our counsel convinced of
the end to which we direct you and the ways by which we take you in order to achieve it. Believe
and wait without losing heart; miracles are the works of faith - JOSEPH, a Protecting Spirit
HUMAN AND DIVINE FAITH
12. In Man, faith is the inherent sentiment of his future destiny; it is the consciousness he
has of the immense faculties implanted in his inner-self, a source in latent state, which it is his duty
to make blossom forth and grow by the action of his will.
Till today faith has only been understood in its religious sense because Christ exalted it as a
powerful lever, and because He has been seen only as the Head of a religion. However, Christ, Who
performed material miracles, showed us through these same miracles what Man can do when he has
faith, that is to say, the will to desire and the certainty that this wish maybe achieved.
Did not the apostles also perform miracles by following ~ example? Moreover, what were these
miracles if not natural effects whose causes were not understood at that time, but which can be
explained in great part today, and which by the study of Spiritism and magnetism will become
Faith is either human or divine, according to how Man applies his faculties, to the
satisfaction of terrestrial needs or to celestial and future aspirations. A man of genius who throws
himself into the realisation of a great undertaking will triumph if he has faith, because he feels sure
of succeeding and that he is bound to reach the end envisaged. This certainly puts an immense force
at his disposal. A good man, believing in his celestial future, desiring to fill his existence with
beautiful and noble actions in the certainty of the happiness which awaits him, draws on his faith
for the necessary force and so accomplishes miracles of charity, devotion, and abnegation. Finally,
there are no evil tendencies which cannot be combated by faith.
Magnetism is one of the greatest proofs of the power of faith when put into action. It is
through faith that it cures and produces those singular phenomena in other times called miracles.
I repeat: faith is both human and divine. If all incarnates could be persuaded of the force
which they carry within themselves, and if they wished to place their will at the service of this
force, they would be capable of producing these so called miracles that are nothing more than the
development of a human faculty. - A Protecting Spirit (Paris, 1863).