In his homily for the 2nd Sunday of Advent, (Dec. 6th, 2020) Fr. Theodore Lange highlighted the connection between faith and peace, explaining that the amount of peace we experience (even in the midst of trials) correlates to the amount of faith we have.
As a survivor of childhood trauma and poor catechesis, my faith in God was limited by a narrow definition of who He is. I knew God was all-knowing and all-powerful but I didn't know much about His love and mercy for his children (all of us), or that He is present in our lives every second of the day. I kind of thought He created us and then sat back, keeping a tally of all our sins to present to us when we died. That's really sad.....and not even close to the reality of what He desires for us.
As my healing journey has progressed, the peace that I increasingly experience has grown in proportion to my faith that God is capable and willing (and desires) to provide for my needs. This is contrary to my previous understanding that God would allow me to work really hard to provide for my needs (but it was still up to me to get things done). In hindsight it is sad to see how much time and energy I put into doing things (that never measured up to my expectations), when I could have accomplished more with great joy if I had known that God is on my side.
Our belief (faith) in God needs to develop from believing that He simply exists to a more mature and realistic understanding of not only His power in our everyday lives, but also in His desire to heal us and draw us into the depths of His heart, where we will find comfort, healing, and peace.
St. Paul has this to say about faith: "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. It is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that God exists and that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him." Hebrews 11:1,6