Remaining Firm

The ability to remain firm in our beliefs, even in the face of hardship and danger, indicates that we have fully internalized the level of holiness to which our soul aspires. According to the degree by which we have assimilated this level, we will find within ourselves the inner strength to withstand the challenges of the turbulent sea that rages around us.

Rabbi Abraham Isaac HaKohen Kook

Aside

On Prince Charles’ decision to become “Defender of Faith” as opposed to “Defender of the Faith.” As a Jew and a great admirer of Lord Sacks, former Chief Rabbi of the UK and the Commonwealth, who is apparently a friend of Prince Charles, I have come to believe that a man of faith who does not first and foremost defend his own can ill defend others. Put more positively, a person who can love their faith and can yet see the virtue in others is a true Person of God.