Faith, Love and Hope – Revisited

Faith, Love, and Hope
Faith, Love, and Hope

The Verse Uniting All of Us.

Faith, Love and Hope
Will lead me in my willing
When I light a candle and unite
With the ever-present Love of the Almighty –
And His Creative Force.
It works in me when I in love embrace all people
Who come to me with
Faith, love and hope.
This may lead us on our path to create
A circle of light around the world.
It will unite us and disperse loneliness.
It will open our mind to imagination,
Strengthen our inspiration,
And bless us with intuition.


In his book Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and its Attainment, Rudolf Steiner[1] writes in the last chapter, Life and Death: The Great Guardian of the Threshold, that the supersensible world came first and the physical, sense world developed out of it. “We see that, before we entered the physical world for the first time, we ourselves belonged to a supersensible world.” When one knows this, and thinks of the verse Faith, Love and Hope one could ask: From where does its power arise to protect and guide us and to help us in difficult situations? Are we not children of the spiritual hierarchies? One can also ask, where would we find the origin of the three human soul faculties: faith, love and hope, what do they mean to us, and how is it possible that the verse which unites us rests fully on these three faculties?

In a lecture Joan Sleigh[2] touched on these three faculties. Her topic was connected to the Michaelmas festival: Helplessness and Powerlessness. What new approaches or strengths can each of us find to overcome these? Her suggestion was that we must begin to unlearn our logical, intellectual, earth-bound thinking and to consciously focus on creative thinking. In this way, we can open a door to inspired thinking. She referred to three soul faculties to overcome powerlessness, and they are faith, love and hope.

The gesture of faith,” she said, “is needed, as a person steps out into the unknown and says ‘yes’ to destiny. The gesture of love is needed, as one expands oneself to include others. And the gesture of hope is needed, as one opens to the endless possibilities of becoming selfless and engaging in new activities. It is important to ask for guidance from the spiritual world during this process and to include others as we go about freeing ourselves from being stuck.

When these three human faculties of faith, love and hope are thought of in our verse, it was said that they take on a protecting, guiding and transforming capacity, important for every human being on his or her path through life. They will reveal great wisdom when one takes a closer look at what they actually mean to each one of us, and when one considers their relationship to us during the human evolution.

Regarding FAITH, Rudolf Steiner shares with us that in the past people said, “What I believe, I know for sure.” Those people were not natural scientists, but they were certain, intuitively, that they were right. They believed in forces of the soul out of a deep connection with a supersensible world. Still today there lives, next to materialistic science, a deep conviction in people that they carry in themselves an inner force of faith. Rudolf Steiner said, “These are forces of which every soul should become increasingly aware because they are forces which look up to the spiritual world.”

How do we use the word faith in our language? We have faith in guidance and protection; we have faith in our own ego-strength. When we struggle with difficulties we have faith to overcome them. We also can experience faith when we give a task to someone that he or she will complete it to our expectations. Read more