Faith is having firm enough confidence, trust, or belief in a person, entity, organization, or idea to reasonably overcome any doubt or argument made against it. Usually there is some foundational evidence for faith, whether through personal experience or logical reasoning, but some promise or expectation is left without proof. Because much harm has been carried out in the name of religious faith, it has come under criticism as a virtue. However, faith in something seems to be an important and powerful part of the human experience: strongly held faith—whether religious or secular—has continually proven to be one of the most powerful sustainers of individuals and communities through traumatic and overwhelming times.


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Author Anne Lamott says it’s easy to thank God when life is going well. However, when times get tough, she says, feelings of anger or complete silence can also act as prayer—as long as you’re trying to tell the truth of your heart.


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Watch more of correspondent Kate Olson's conversation with Brother David Steindl-Rast on faith, belief, mysticism, interreligious dialogue, and prayer.


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