Reading the letters of St. Paul of the Cross you notice how often he wishes the one to whom he’s writing to be placed in the “wounds of Christ” or the “holy Side of Jesus” or his “Sacred Heart.”. “I am in a hurry and leave you in the holy Side of Jesus, where I ask rich blessings for you.”
Expressions like these seem to be pious phrases until we read the story of Thomas from John’s gospel. Jesus shows the doubting disciple the wounds in his hands and side, and Thomas believes.
Belief is not something we arrive at by our own powers of reason or will. Faith is a gift that God gives through Jesus Christ.