Fr. Nnamdi Moneme: How Our Faith Matures Through the Storms

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By Fr. Nnamdi Moneme, OMV, Catholic Exchange, Jan. 18, 2023

Fr. Nnamdi Moneme OMV is a Roman Catholic Priest of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary currently on missionary assignment in the Philippines. He serves in the Congregations’ Retreat Ministry and in the House of Formation for novices and theologians in Antipolo, Philippines. …


What are our usual responses to the trials and storms of our lives? We try to avoid them as much as possible and then we try to survive them when they are inevitable. We hardly ask the question that every Christian ought to ask when facing storms of life: “How is this storm affecting my faith in Christ?”

St. Peter had some memorable experiences in the storm at sea as narrated in Mt 14:22-33. He almost had his boat overturned by waves and then he almost sank in the sea as he tried to walk on water. The experience of this storm eventually impacted his faith in Christ, as well as those of his colleagues, “Those who were in the boat did Him (Jesus) homage, saying, ‘Truly, you are the Son of God.’” They no longer saw Jesus as a ghost as they did before but they began to sense the presence of divinity in Him through this experience of the storm at sea. …