From Maria at A Druid Thurible:
For me ‘faith’ is not blind acceptance of dogma regardless of appropriateness; faith is about trusting in the direction that life and one’s spiritual journey will take you – it is actually a perpetual process of losing and regaining one’s faith and trust, moving into those moments of hopelessness that we might touch upon the mystery of Grace in our lives.
Fate, to me, is like a busy one-way street. Once you turn onto it you’re pretty much going to end up following it until you reach your destination or turn off somewhere else. Of course, there’s nothing stopping you from opting not to follow that path. You can abruptly stop your car and refuse to budge. You can turn around and go against the flow of traffic, weaving in and out of oncoming vehicles until one of them smashes into you. Or you can get out of the car and run screaming into the woods by the side of the highway. Granted, all these are difficult, dangerous and undesirable choices – but it’s still within your power to make them.