There is an old poem called Invictus that says “I am the captain of my unconquerable soul.” In meditating on that idea, I saw an image of a carrier battle group like this one, the USS Abraham Lincoln battle group (2000).
Each ship in the group (including the ones more properly called boats, the ones “that go underwater”) has its own captain, but the group also has a captain that directs the overall mission, sets the course for the group and for each member of the group.
It’s so easy to see how the Church Militant can only function effectively if the ship (and boat) captains (each of us) listen carefully to, trust and follow the directions of the group captain (God).
If even one captain in the group in the photo decided to change course, at best, he’d veer off and be useless to the mission and , at worst, he’d crash into someone else and ruin the mission.
Teach me, Lord, the meaning of your laws, and I will obey them at all times.
Explain your law to me and I will obey it; I will keep it with all my heart.
Give me the desire to obey your laws rather than to get rich.
Keep me obedient to your commandments, because in them I find happiness.
(From Psalm 119 loosely)
“Faith seeks understanding”: it is intrinsic to faith that a believer desires to know better the One in whom he has put his faith, and to understand better what He has revealed; a more penetrating knowledge will in turn call forth a greater faith, increasingly set afire by love. The grace of faith opens “the eyes of your hearts” to a lively understanding of the contents of Revelation: that is, of the totality of God’s plan and the mysteries of faith, of their connection with each other and with Christ, the center of the revealed mystery. “The same Holy Spirit constantly perfects faith by his gifts, so that Revelation may be more and more profoundly understood.” In the words of St. Augustine, “I believe, in order to understand; and I understand, the better to believe.” Catholic Catechism, paragraph 158