FOUR TYPES OF COUNTERFEIT FAITH. Many things can be counterfeited–money, videos, DVDs, Rolex watches, and merchandise of every description. But it is widespread spiritual counterfeiting that wreaks some of its greatest damage; it is self-induced in souls who unwittingly employ a bogus form of faith in the very act of begging the Lord for their needs. Of the many forms of spurious faith, the four that are dealt with in this talk are perhaps the most common, but also ambivalent, with a good side as well as a bad one: Having faith in one’s own faith, Faith in the very act of prayer itself, Faith in humans used by God as his instruments, and a posterior Faith without a prior faith– belief because of a miracle while lacking an expectant belief that causes a miracle. This talk proposes a test to detect any possible counterfeit faith in your prayer life–following the prompting of St. Paul: ‘Examine yourselves to see whether you are living in the faith. Test yourselves’ (2 Cor. 13:5).