Reflections

Reflections

23 January 2018

Why is faith a personal act, and at the same time ecclesial?


Why is faith a personal act, and at the same time ecclesial?

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.”

(St. Cyprian)

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