...is that these three reveal the core of a person.
find it really tempting to gauge my spirituality by how much time I
spend in prayer, how many Chaplets of Divine Mercy I recite, or how
close to God I feel at the moment. However, over and over I’m reminded
by good priests that the most sure things to look for is the presence of, and growth in, faith, hope, and love in my life.
Feelings of closeness to another person, even Jesus, wax and wane, time
in prayer that should be given to my wife and children isn’t the best
way to grow spiritually, and I’m sure every Catholic can relate to
blasting through a memorized prayer just to check it off the list.
On the other hand, it makes sense that remaining faithful in times of
temptation, remaining hopeful in times of doubt/difficulty, and being
loving no matter what are the fruits we will be judged by and ought to
judge ourselves by now (Lk 6:44). I can tell myself I’m a great
Christian even when praying poorly; but if I look at my faith, hope, and
love, not just the outward show of them but the moving in my heart,
then I can see who I really am.
This is yet another reason Catholics gauge their spirituality on faith, hope, and love.