Faith is the bedrock of Christian living. Without a strong faith, we would easily lose our way. But, the grace of Faith guides us, and aides us in getting to know God intimately. It is through the grace of faith that we come to know God, our Father, Creator of all that is good.
Faith is a gift from 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 the interior helps of the Holy Spirit, who moves the heart and converts it to God, who opens the eyes of the mind and makes it easy for all to accept and believe the truth.’ 1
The Grace of Faith leads us to God
Faith, combined with the use of reason, leads us to determine what is true. So, rather than believing in “alternative facts,” we apply our faith, and use our reason, to determine objective truth. With the knowledge of objective truth, we choose to follow God’s way. We know this is the right thing to do because Faith is certain. “It is founded on the very word of God who cannot lie.” 2
With the gift of faith, and the use of reason, we assent to believe in the One, True God. Our hearts become opened to the Word of God in Scripture. For, it is through Scripture that God speaks to us. Therefore, our hearts open further with prayer, for prayer is the way that we speak to God. We enter a relationship with God, and as a result, we come to know Him. The knowledge of God leads us to choose to love God.
1 Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2nd Ed. Vatican City: Libreria Editrice Vaticana. 1997. Print. CCC 153
2 Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2nd Ed. Vatican City: Libreria Editrice Vaticana. 1997. Print. CCC 157
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