Man’s Response to God, We Believe

Part One
THE PROFESSION OF FAITH

Section One
“I BELIEVE” – “WE BELIEVE”

Chapter Three
MAN’S RESPONSE TO GOD

WE BELIEVE

30. Why is faith a personal act, and at the same time ecclesial?
166-169, 181

Faith is a personal act insofar as it is the free response of the human person to God who reveals himself. But at the same time it is an ecclesial act which expresses itself in the proclamation, “We believe”. It is in fact the Church that believes: and thus by the grace of the Holy Spirit precedes, engenders and nourishes the faith of each Christian.  For this reason the Church is Mother and Teacher.

“No one can have God as Father who does not have the Church as Mother.”
(Saint Cyprian)

31. Why are the formulas of faith important?
170-171

The formulas of faith are important because they permit one to express, assimilate, celebrate, and share together with others the truths of the faith through a common language.

32. In what way is the faith of the Church one faith alone?
172-175, 182

The Church, although made up of persons who have diverse languages, cultures, and rites, nonetheless professes with a united voice the one faith that was received from the one Lord and that was passed on by the one Apostolic Tradition. She confesses one God alone, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and points to one way of salvation. Therefore we believe with one heart and one soul all that is contained in the Word of God, handed down or written, and which is proposed by the Church as divinely revealed.

May God bless you today and always,
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COMPENDIUM, Catechism of the Catholic Church,
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

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