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44 • Part I. The Creed: The Faith Professed


1. In what ways do you find it difficult to be open about your faith in

public situations? How have you been able to apply your faith to

family issues, community development, and political decisions?

2. What steps might you take to make your faith more effective in our

culture? What help in this regard do you expect from the Church?

3. Who are outstanding models of faith that inspire you to deeper faith

and practice? How is your faith bringing you closer to God and to a

deeper understanding of his message?


• Faith is a gift from God. He not only enters a relationship with us

but also gives us the grace or help to respond in faith.

• In faith we surrender our whole being to God who has revealed

himself to us. This involves the assent of the intellect and will to the

Revelation that God has made in words and deeds.

• By faith, we enter a relationship of trust in God as well as belief in

the message of truth that he has revealed.

• Faith is a free, conscious, human act. Faith is a way of knowing just

as reason is, though it is different from reason. Faith involves the

whole of the human being. Aided by the Holy Spirit we exercise faith

in a manner that corresponds to our human dignity.

• Faith is a supremely personal act: “I believe.” It is also communal,

occurring within the life and worship of the Church. In the assembly

of believers at Mass, as we join together in the Profession of Faith

(or Creed), we experience ourselves as the Body of Christ.

• By faith we believe with conviction in all that is contained in the

Word of God, written or handed down, which the Church proposes

for belief as divinely revealed.

• Faith is necessary for salvation. “Believing in Jesus Christ and the

One who sent him for our salvation is necessary for obtaining that

salvation” (CCC, no. 161).