Superficial or Supernatural Faith?
I think we all start with a superficial faith, it is faith built and governed, motivated and inspired by emotion, and feelings. It is the proverbial foundation of sand on which we begin to build our our houses. Hopefully we are able as we grow in knowledge and love of the Lord toward a more supernatural faith, this is a faith build on a firm foundation of stone or mortar. These are the rocks of the Church, following in the footsteps of St. Peter, who also started out very superficially, but eventually became THE rock, on which Christ founded his Supernatural Church, a Church which in it's manifested glory exudes the supernatural elements of all creation, and highlights the superficial within this glory.
The problem is, some of us are okay with the superficial, we actually prefer it and revel in it. This is what the protesters (Protestants) embrace and sanction. Pitifully, in this is the denial of the supernatural, which is the most awesome gift of all. When we get too caught up in the music, the feelings, signs, and ourselves we are embracing the superficial. When we are focused on the stillness, the quiet so that we can know God, we are venturing into the supernatural. We all have levels of both in our composition of faithfulness to God. The journey is about moving into the supernatural, because in the supernatural is where we will find the unitive way, that is the way that will enable us to actually start experiencing the Kingdom of God right here on Earth.
We will waver between the too during our races, and the beauty of God's Graces gives us the aspects of both when and where we need them. The one who truly loves Jesus and wants to know Jesus will embrace the crosses, the barrenness and dryness that comes with our journeys into this unitive way. The fan of Christ, who can talk a good talk but is typically too proud, self indulgent and self centered to embrace the road of thorns and thistle, will ultimately deny themselves the glory of light and peace. We can ourselves watch these transformations of each apostle in holy scripture and then the following centuries we witness the growth and strength of the saints. Until we can find the hope, joy and peace contained within the sorrows, we won't realize the true and eternal meaning and destiny of Love and Union with Christ - the giver of all gifts both seen and unseen, both supernatural and superficial. Ultimately we will find that as we revel in the supernatural, we will also be absorbed within the Superficial.