In theology, believing is a pre-requisite to knowing. However, the greatness of God and limitations of the human mind, we often end up with truths that cannot be fully grasped. We call them mysteries, which could only be appreciated in faith. Mysteries are truths beyond ordinary human comprehension. Therefore, even as a science that makes use of human reason, theology remains primarily studied from the point of view of faith . ON FAITH
FAITH WHEREBY MAN COMPLETELY SUBMITS HIS INTELLECT AND WILL TO GOD
OBEDIENCE OF FAITH TO SUBMIT IN FAITH… BECAUSE IT IS TRUTH GUARANTEED BY GOD “ FIAT MIHI SECUNDUM VERBUM TUUM…”
FAITH IS A VIRTUE A virtue is a good habit, that is, a good inclination that is more or less permanent.
FAITH IS A GIFT OF GOD A supernatural virtue infused by God
FAITH IS A GRACE PETER : You are Christ, the son of God JESUS : This revelation did not come from any man but from my Father who is in heaven
FAITH IS A HUMAN ACT BELIEVING NECESSARILY INVOLVES: HUMAN INTELLECT FREEDOM FREE WILL
IN FAITH, THE INTELLECT AND THE WILL COOPERATE WITH THE DIVINE GRACE BELIEVING IS AN ACT OF THE INTELLECT ASENTING TO THE DIVINE TRUTH BY THE COMMAND OF THE WILL MOVED BY GOD THROUGH GRACE
St. Thomas Aquinas There are three things involved in faith: believing in God’s existence, recognizing His word as truth, and accepting his word as the rule of life and the way to salvation. For this reason, we say that faith is a way of life . As such, faith, involves the total person: mind, heart, and will in an integral act of believing, trusting, and doing.
SCHEMA: Doctrine, morality, and worship are three dimensions of faith. It is through these that we are able to manifest completely our faith in God. Believing is also vital to our everyday life. It is a fundamental property of human relations. Mind Believing What should we believe in? God, not as an abstract idea, but a person who calls us to enter into a relationship with Him. DOCTRINE Will Doing What must we do in account of what we believe in? Commit ourselves to obey God’s will for us. MORALITY Heart Trusting If we would believe and do what our belief requires us to, what can we hope for? The overflowing love of God and the promise of eternal happiness with Him which we constantly make ourselves aware of every time we commune with Him in prayer. WORSHIP
ON THE FAITH OF CATHOLICS Catholic faith is the belief that Jesus Christ revealed God in and through the Holy Catholic church. Catholic means “universal” . It is a faith that is deeply sacramental , as preserving in its use of religious symbols to signify God’s presence; traditional , as preserving and transmitting the original teachings of Christ from generation to generation, and communal , as drawing people together in common belief, way of life, and worship. And the most distinguishing characteristic of the Catholic faith is that it recognizes the Pope as the successor of Peter and the bishops as the successor of the apostles.
SCHEMA: FAITH Believing in God CHRISTIAN FAITH Believing in the God revealed by Jesus CATHOLIC CRISTIAN FAITH Believing that Christ reveals God to us in and through the Catholic church.
CHARACTERISTICS OF FAITH ACCORDING TO CFC <ul><li>TOTAL AND ABSOLUTE </li></ul><ul><li>LOVING AND MATURING </li></ul><ul><li>MISSIONARY </li></ul><ul><li>TRINITARIAN </li></ul><ul><li>INFORMED AND COMMUNITARIAN </li></ul><ul><li>INCULTURATED </li></ul>