175 ‘We guard with care the faith that we have received from the Church, for without ceasing, under the action of God’s Spirit, this deposit of great price, as if in an excellent vessel, is constantly being renewed and causes the very vessel that contains it to be renewed. ‘62


176 Faith is a personal adherence of the whole man to God who reveals himself It involves an assent of the intellect and will to the self-revelation God has made through his deeds and words.

177 ‘To believe’ has thus a twofold reference: to the person, and to the truth: to the truth, by trust in the person who bears witness to it.

178 We must believe in no one but God: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

179 Faith is a supernatural gift from God. In order to believe, man needs the interior helps of the Holy Spirit.

i8o ‘Believing’ is a human act, conscious and free, corresponding to the dignity of the human person.

I 81 ‘Believing’ is an ecclesial act. The Church’s faith precedes, engenders, supports and nourishes our faith. The Church is the mother of all believers. ‘No one can have God as Father who does not have the Church as Mother’ (St Cyprian, De unit. 6: PL ~, 519).

182 We believe all ‘that which is contained in the word of God, written or handed down, and which the Church proposes for belief as divinely revealed’ (Paul VI, CPG § 20).

183 Faith is necessary for salvation. The Lord himself affirms: ‘He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned’ (Mk 16:16).

184 ‘Faith is aforetaste of the knowledge that will make us blessed in the life to come’ (St Thomas Aquinas, Comp. theol. 1, 2).