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June 1, 2011

CCC 142-184

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Responding With Faith

  1. Man responds to God’s Invitation (to his friends) with faith. [Col 1:15; I Tim 1:17; Ex 33:11; Jn 15:14-15; Bar 3:38]
  2. This means giving assent to God in intellect and will. [i.e. obedience; Rom 1:5; Rom 16:26]

Obedience of Faith

  1. “Obey” is from the Latin “ob-audire”, that is, “to listen to”.
  2. Abraham’s faith is emphasized in the Letter to the Hebrews. [Heb 11:8-18; Gn 12:1-4; Gn 23:4]
  3. He fulfills the definition of faith and became the father of faith. [Heb 11:1; Rom 4 (esp. vv3,11,18,20); Gn 15:5-6]
  4. The OT is full of faithful witnesses, yet God reserved special grace for belief in his son. [Heb 22:2,39-40; Heb 12:1-2]
  5. Mary embodies obedience of faith perfectly. [Lk 1:37-38,45,48; Gn 18:14]
  6. Her faith never waivered and for this she is venerated. [Lk 2:35]

Trinitarian Faith

  1. Faith is both adherence to God and assent to the whole truth. [2 Tim 1:12] This is different than trusting men (creatures). [Jer 17:5-6; Ps 40:5; Ps 146:3-4]
  2. Believing in God means believing in his Son whom he sent. [Mk 1:11; Mk 9:7; Jn 14:1; Jn 1:18; Jn 6:46; Mt 11:27]
  3. And believing in the Son means sharing the Spirit. [1 Cor 12:3; I Cor 2:10-11]

Characteristics of Faith

  1. Faith is a grace from God, aided by the Spirit. [Mt 16:17; Gal 1:15; Mt 11:25]
  2. Faith is an authentic human act
  3. In faith, intellect and will cooperate with grace.
  4. We believe not because of facts and natural reason, but because of God’s authority and revelation. Signs are “motives of credibility” (motiva credibilitatis). [Mk 16:20; Heb 2:4]
  5. Faith is more certain than knowledge. “Ten thousand difficulties do not make one doubt.” [Newman]
  6. Faith seeks understanding. [Eph 1:18] “I believe, in order to understand; and I understand, the better to believe.” [Augustine]
  7. Scientific truth cannot contradict faith because the God of truth made all things.
  8. The act of faith is a free act. Christ invited, but never coerced. [Jn 18:37; Jn 12:32]
  9. Faith is necessary for salvation. [Mk 16:16; Jn 3:36; Jn 6:40; Mt 24:13; Mk 13:13]
  10. Faith can be lost. [1 Tim 1:18-19] It must be nourished. [Mk 9:24; Lk 17:5; Lk 22:32] Faith must work through charity and abound in hope. [Gal 5:6; Rom 15:13; James 2:14-26]
  11. Faith is the beginning of eternal life. [1 Cor 13:12; 1 Jn 3:2]
  12. Faith, though light, is lived in darkness. [2 Cor 5:7; 1 Cor 13:12] Experiences can shake faith.
  13. We can turn to witnesses of faith: Abraham, Mary, and others. [Rom 4:18; Heb 12:1-2]

Personal Faith

  1. Faith is a personal act, but it is received from and passed on to others.
  2. The creeds are expressions of personal and ecclesial faith (I/We believe…).

The Church’s Faith

  1. The Church believes first. The believer receives the faith.
  2. Salvation is from God alone, but faith is from the Church, the mother of our new birth.

Language of Faith

  1. Formulations of faith are a means, not an end.
  2. The Church guards and hands down the faith. [1 Tim 3:15; Jude 1:3]

One Faith

  1. There is one faith, Lord, Baptism, etc. [Eph 4:4-6]
  2. Quote: St. Irenaeus, Against Heresies, Book I, Chapter 10, Paragraph 1
  3. Quote: St. Irenaeus, Against Heresies, Book I, Chapter 10, Paragraph 2
    & St. Irenaeus, Against Heresies, Book V, Chapter 20, Paragraph 1

  4. Quote: St. Irenaeus, Against Heresies, Book III, Chapter 24, Paragraph 1


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