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  • Catechism of the Catholic Church | Catholic Culture
    16 To believe in God alone 150 Faith is first of all a personal adherence of man to God At the same time and inseparably it is a free assent to the whole truth that God has revealed As personal adherence to God and assent to his truth Christian faith differs from our faith in any human person It is right and just to entrust oneself wholly to God and to believe absolutely what he says It would be futile and false to place such faith in a creature 17 To believe in Jesus Christ the Son of God 151 For a Christian believing in God cannot be separated from believing in the One he sent his beloved Son in whom the Father is well pleased God tells us to listen to him 18 The Lord himself said to his disciples Believe in God believe also in me 19 We can believe in Jesus Christ because he is himself God the Word made flesh No one has ever seen God the only Son who is in the bosom of the Father he has made him known 20 Because he has seen the Father Jesus Christ is the only one who knows him and can reveal him 21 To believe in the Holy Spirit 152 One cannot believe in Jesus Christ without sharing in his Spirit It is the Holy Spirit who reveals to men who Jesus is For no one can say Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit 22 who searches everything even the depths of God No one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God 23 Only God knows God completely we believe in the Holy Spirit because he is God The Church never ceases to proclaim her faith in one only God Father

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  • Catechism of the Catholic Church | Catholic Culture
    Help set a new record for the number of gifts this month Goal 1 000 769 to go Catechism of the Catholic Church To believe in God alone 150 Faith is first of all a personal adherence of man to God At the same time and inseparably it is a free assent to the whole truth that God has revealed As personal adherence to God and assent to his truth

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  • Catechism of the Catholic Church | Catholic Culture
    Need to Know Catholic Dictionary Catechism Church Fathers Most Collection Free eBooks Connect Home On Facebook On Twitter eNewsletters Site Tour Web Widgets Feeds Contact Us Advertise Subscribe Login Donate Resources Home Library Website Reviews What You Need to Know Catholic Dictionary Catechism Church Fathers Most Collection Free eBooks Catechism of the Catholic Church To believe in Jesus Christ the Son of God 151 For a Christian believing in God cannot be separated from believing in the One he sent his beloved Son in whom the Father is well pleased God tells us to listen to him 18 The Lord himself said to his disciples Believe in God believe also in me 19 We can believe in Jesus Christ because he is himself God the Word made flesh No one has ever seen God the only Son who is in the bosom of the Father he has made him known 20 Because he has seen the Father Jesus Christ is the only one who knows him and can reveal him 21 Notes 18 Mk 1 11 cf 9 7 19 Jn 14 1 20 Jn 1 18 21 Jn 6 46 cf Mt 11 27 English Translation of the Cathechism

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    Catechism of the Catholic Church To believe in the Holy Spirit 152 One cannot believe in Jesus Christ without sharing in his Spirit It is the Holy Spirit who reveals to men who Jesus is For no one can say Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit 22 who searches everything even the depths of God No one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God 23

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    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 The grace of faith opens the eyes of your hearts 34 to a lively understanding of the contents of Revelation that is of the totality of God s plan and the mysteries of faith of their connection with each other and with Christ the centre of the revealed mystery The same Holy Spirit constantly perfects faith by his gifts so that Revelation may be more and more profoundly understood 35 In the words of St Augustine I believe in order to understand and I understand the better to believe 36 159 Faith and science Though faith is above reason there can never be any real discrepancy between faith and reason Since the same God who reveals mysteries and infuses faith has bestowed the light of reason on the human mind God cannot deny himself nor can truth ever contradict truth 37 Consequently methodical research in all branches of knowledge provided it is carried out in a truly scientific manner and does not override moral laws can never conflict with the faith because the things of the world and the things of faith derive from the same God The humble and persevering investigator of the secrets of nature is being led as it were by the hand of God in spite of himself for it is God the conserver of all things who made them what they are 38 The freedom of faith 160 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 39 God calls men to serve him in spirit and in truth Consequently they are bound to him in conscience but not coerced This fact received its fullest manifestation in Christ Jesus 40 Indeed Christ invited people to faith and conversion but never coerced them For he bore witness to the truth but refused to use force to impose it on those who spoke against it His kingdom grows by the love with which Christ lifted up on the cross draws men to himself 41 The necessity of faith 161 Believing in Jesus Christ and in the One who sent him for our salvation is necessary for obtaining that salvation 42 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 Perseverance in faith 162 Faith is an entirely free gift that God makes to man We can lose this priceless gift as St Paul indicated to St Timothy Wage the good warfare holding

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    St Peter confessed that Jesus is the Christ the Son of the living God Jesus declared to him that this revelation did not come from flesh and blood but from my Father who is in heaven 24 Faith is a gift of God a supernatural virtue infused by him Before this faith can be exercised man must have the grace of God to move and assist him he must have

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    Subscribe Login Donate Resources Home Library Website Reviews What You Need to Know Catholic Dictionary Catechism Church Fathers Most Collection Free eBooks Catechism of the Catholic Church Faith is a human act 154 Believing is possible only by grace and the interior helps of the Holy Spirit But it is no less true that believing is an authentically human act Trusting in God and cleaving to the truths he has revealed is contrary neither to human freedom nor to human reason Even in human relations it is not contrary to our dignity to believe what other persons tell us about themselves and their intentions or to trust their promises for example when a man and a woman marry to share a communion of life with one another If this is so still less is it contrary to our dignity to yield by faith the full submission of intellect and will to God who reveals 26 and to share in an interior communion with him 155 In faith the human intellect and will co operate with divine grace Believing is an act of the intellect assenting to the divine truth by command of the will moved by God through grace 27

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    her fruitfulness and stability are the most certain signs of divine Revelation adapted to the intelligence of all they are motives of credibility motiva credibilitatis which show that the assent of faith is by no means a blind impulse of the mind 30 157 Faith is certain It is more certain than all human knowledge because it is founded on the very word of God who cannot lie To be sure revealed truths can seem obscure to human reason and experience but the certainty that the divine light gives is greater than that which the light of natural reason gives 31 Ten thousand difficulties do not make one doubt 32 158 Faith seeks understanding 33 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 The grace of faith opens the eyes of your hearts 34 to a lively understanding of the contents of Revelation that is of the totality of God s plan and the mysteries of faith of their connection with each other and with Christ the centre of the revealed mystery The same Holy Spirit constantly perfects faith by his gifts so that Revelation may be more and more profoundly understood 35 In the words of St Augustine I believe in order to understand and I understand the better to believe 36 159 Faith and science Though faith is above reason there can never be any real discrepancy between faith and reason Since the same God who reveals mysteries and infuses faith has bestowed the light of reason on the human mind God cannot deny himself nor can truth ever contradict

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