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Information about Faith

Published on January 29, 2009

Author: JoeLopez


FAITH : FAITH The Canaanite woman Mt 15:21-28: O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done to thee as thou wilt. Supernatural Faith : Supernatural Faith Why I Believe in God, and in what Jesus Christ has revealed us. Human faith : Human faith The firm belief of one person in another. We trust the scientists, the journalists, our parents, the lawyer, etc. Without human faith we would be completely isolated in society. You cannot trust anyone. SUPERNATURAL FAITH : SUPERNATURAL FAITH The virtue of faith is a supernatural virtue by which, with the inspiration and help of God's grace, we believe that what he has revealed is true, not because its intrinsic truth is seen with the natural light of reason, but because of the authority of God who reveals it, of God who can neither deceive nor be deceived. FAITH : FAITH Properties of the act of faith: Supernatural (gift from God, for us, to see God). Voluntary (nobody can be forced to believe; the will command the intellect to assent = the own will). Infallible (it cannot be wrong; it cannot clash with sciences; based on the authority of God). Firm (excluding any doubt). Ecclesial (Our mother the Church is the deposit of the revelation) Faith is a Gift : Faith is a Gift Reason does not suffice to believe in Revelation. We need the gift of Faith. “And Jesus answered him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven” (Mt. 16:17). Faith Is a Human Act : Faith Is a Human Act I want to believe, to trust God. Trusting in God and cleaving to the truths he has revealed are contrary neither to human freedom nor to human reason. In the act of faith, intellect and will cooperate with God’s grace. Faith Needs Freedom : Faith Needs Freedom “To be human, man's response to God by faith must be free, and therefore nobody is to be forced to embrace the faith against his will. The act of faith is of its very nature a free act” (CCC, 160). We accept it because it is the best for us. Faith Needs Reason : Faith Needs Reason “Although faith is above reason, yet there can never be any real disagreement between faith and reason, because it is the same God who reveals mysteries and infuses faith and who has put the light of reason in the human soul” (Vatican I). Faith Makes Us One With the Church : Faith Makes Us One With the Church By faith, we become members of the Church. Membership in the Church requires it. Faith Is Necessary for Salvation : Faith Is Necessary for Salvation “Believing in Jesus Christ and in the One who sent him for our salvation is necessary for obtaining that salvation. ‘Since without faith it is impossible to please God’ and to attain to the fellowship of his sons, therefore without faith no one has ever attained justification, nor will anyone obtain eternal life 'but he who endures to the end” (CCC, 161). Motives of Credibility : Motives of Credibility ·  Sure signs that Revelation is the Word of God. (a) miracles & prophecies accomplished (b) the sublimity of Christian Doctrine--explains God’s nature (c) the world and man’s transcendent meaning (Man in search for meaning). (d) the Resurrection (e) the life of the Church and fruits of sanctity (f)  Catholic Faith fulfils and surpasses all the honest and noble aspirations of man’s intelligence and will; The Resurrection : The Resurrection The Miracles of Christ : The Miracles of Christ The Fulfillment of the Prophecies : The Fulfillment of the Prophecies The Sublimity of Christian Doctrine:it gives answers to everything : The Sublimity of Christian Doctrine:it gives answers to everything The Sanctity and Spread of the Church : The Sanctity and Spread of the Church Eucharistic miracle : Eucharistic miracle Mass of Bolsena : Mass of Bolsena 1263 in Bolsena, near Orvieto. During the Mass celebrated by a Bohemian priest, at the moment of consecration the blood of Christ trickled from the host, staining the corporal and thus dismissing the doubts of the celebrant on transubstantiation. The miracle led to the establishment of the feast of Corpus Christ and the construction of the cathedral of Orvieto, to which the corporal was transferred. Mass of Bolsena : Mass of Bolsena Julius II (Pontiff from 1503 to 1513), witnesses the miracle kneeling to the right of the altar, with cardinals Leonardo Grosso della Rovere and Raffaello Riario, Tommaso Riario and Agostino Spinola, his relatives and the chair bearers of the group. I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with Me” (Rev 3:20) The door opens now on the marriage supper of the Lamb. “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with You” (Lk 22: 15) Means to make faith grow: : Means to make faith grow: Removing the obstacles to the growth of faith. Reading the Sacred Scriptures Receiving the appropriate instruction. Asking God to increase it with humility. Doing apostolate. Practicing it in one's words and life. Coherence faith and life. Faith and actionsEvery corner of his life should be illuminated by faith. : Faith and actionsEvery corner of his life should be illuminated by faith. (a)         The just man lives by faith. (Hebrews 2:4) (b)         Faith works through charity. (Galatians 5:6) (c) Faith without works is dead. (James 2 : 20-26) We cannot set our faith aside in our professional activity (The Way 353) Faith Seeking Understanding : Faith Seeking Understanding “It is intrinsic to faith that a believer desires to know better the One in whom he has put his faith and to understand better what He has revealed; a more penetrating knowledge will in turn call forth a greater faith, increasingly set afire by love” (CCC, 158). Sins against faith : Sins against faith 1. Omission 2.1.a) Rash credulity 2.1.b) Superstition 2.2.a) Infidelity 2.2.b) Heresy 2.2.c) Apostasy 2.2.d) Schism 2.2.e) Doubting the faith Knowledge of Faith : Knowledge of Faith ·The best theologians…: …. the saints. Mary, Model of Faith Put Into Practice : Mary, Model of Faith Put Into Practice · Without faith it is impossible to please God. · It is a habit that perfects our nature.

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