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Belief in the Unseen

February 28, 2014

Faith in God

In the “What is Faith?” post I had said, “We cannot believe, or respond as an act of faith without first having been given the grace from God to do so.” Since God graces us with the gift of faith, we are able to use our intellect and free will to believe in the unseen, where “Believing is an act of the intellect assenting to the divine truth by command of the will moved by God through grace” (Saint Thomas Aquinas ST II-II q.2, a.9).

We are invited to believe, but we are not forced to believe in Continue reading

Why Should We Embrace Faith?

February 26, 2014

Embrace FaithFaith flows forth from the First Commandment: “I am the Lord your God…You shall have no other gods before me” (Deuteronomy 5:7). In the two way relationship that we spoke of last time, God wants nothing to get between Him and our personal relationship with Him. Our relationship with Him is that important! Many times we can put the “love” of something else first; possibly money, power, fame, etc. However, if we place our relationship with God first and foremost above everything else in life, then we acknowledge His authority and accept His words revealed through Sacred Scripture.

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What is Faith? Why is Faith Important?

February 24, 2014

Faith

Let’s start with a definition of faith. It is both a gift from God, infused in us at birth, and a human act of response. By infused at birth, I mean that God gave us the capability to believe in Him when we were born. We cannot believe, or respond as an act of faith without first having been given the grace from God to do so.

Most people have heard the famous line from the Bible, “I was blind, but now I see” (John 9:25). On the surface, yes a blind man is given the gift of sight by Continue reading