Faith is a personal adherence of the whole man to God
who reveals himself. It involves an assent of the intel-
lect and will to the self-revelation God has made
through his deeds and words.
“To believe” has thus a twofold reference: to the per-
son and to the truth: to the truth, by trust in the person
who bears witness to it.
We must believe in no one but God: the Father, the
Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Faith is a supernatural gift from God. In order to
believe, man needs the interior helps of the Holy Spirit.
“Believing” is a human act, conscious and free, corre-
sponding to the dignity of the human person.
“Believing” is an ecclesial act. The Church’s faith pre-
cedes, 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,
6: PL 4, 519).
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,
Faith is necessary for salvation. The Lord himself af-
firms: “He who believes and is baptized will be saved;
but he who does not believe will be condemned” (
“Faith is a foretaste of the knowledge that will make
us blessed in the life to come” (St. Thomas Aquinas,