121 – “Faith is not an inheritance we receive from others, rather it is a loving response that we give freely and that day by day we build”

People highly attuned to nature easily notice physical and climatic changes by the slightest signs. Apparently minor changes often warn of a dramatic event that may be fast approaching, so it is necessary to identify such signs in order to forestall damages. These perceptions are mainly enjoyed by a handful of weather experts, or persons who live intensely connected with the earth, mountains or sea, who end up acquiring, through experience, a good intuition of what is happening, or about to happen.

However, the same does not occur with regard to salvation matters. Rather, all who receive baptism, profess the faith of the Church and live in the grace of God possess the sensus fidei that aids their discernment of things concerning eternal life. So, this perception does not belong to a privileged few, but rather to all who have the wherewithal to recognize the errors of the epoch and the doings of the Holy Spirit. And this will depend entirely on the sheep’s fidelity in seeking the voice of Jesus, the Good Shepherd.

Perhaps that is why numerous Catholics become disturbed when weighty matters are spoken of in nebulous fashion, from very high thrones. A series of questions then arise: Is this really orthodox? Does it faithfully express Catholic doctrine? Can we honestly pray the Creed and affirm such things? It is even more worrisome when the theme at hand touches on something as central as the faith, on which all else depends. One need not be an expert to realize that storms loom on the horizon. And apparently no small storms…



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Teachings of the Magisterium

Enter in the various parts of our study

I − Faith is not constructed, rather it is received
II − Modernists say that faith is an intimate sentiment that springs from man, not the consent of the reason to revealed truth. This heresy is condemned by the Church

I – Faith is not constructed, rather it is received      

Saint Vincent of Lerins

Keep the deposit of the Catholic faith: preserve it inviolate, unadulterate

Sacred Scripture

Faith comes from what is heard

Saint Thomas Aquinas

The cause of faith: God reveals the truth, and moves inwardly to accept it

Catechism of the Catholic Church

The believer has received faith from others and should hand it on to others - You have not given yourself faith as you have not given yourself life
As a mother who teaches her children, the Church teaches us the language of faith
Faith demands that one submit freely to the word that has been heard

Benedict XVI

Faith demands to be passed on: it was not given to us merely for ourselves
We do not ‘have’ faith in the sense that it must not be invented by us
We believe together with the Church
Faith is a gift, not a product of our thought or reflection

Vatican Council I (Ecumenical XX)

Divine revelation is credible by external signs − internal experience alone is insufficient

Saint Irenaeus of Lyon

The Church proclaims, teaches and hands down doctrine with perfect harmony

II − Modernists say that faith is an intimate sentiment that springs from man, not the consent of the reason to revealed truth. This heresy is condemned by the Church

Pius X

For modernists, the dogmas of the faith are an interpretation of religious facts which the human mind prepared for itself by a laborious effort
Faith is not a blind religious feeling bursting forth from the recesses of the subconscious and the impulse of the will
The modernist error denies all external revelation: faith consists in a human sentiment
It is this religious sentiment to which Modernists give the name of faith, which they consider the beginning of religion
The Modernists erect religious consciousness as the universal rule on an equal footing with Revelation
The Modernists lay the axe to the very root of the Church: to the faith and its deepest fibres

Saint Vincent of Lerins

New and unheard-of doctrines furtively introduced do not pertain to religion
Real progress, but not an alteration of the faith

Saint Augustine of Hippo

How much more honorable a creed uttered by the prophets who were moved by God’s Spirit

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    1. Is not the act of submitting one’s intellect to the revelation of the Divine an act of one’s will? Can anyone “inherit” that process, as one inherits a plot of land? No, one must make that act of his will on his own. And, as the Divine is infinite, he very likely will have to make it again to a new revelation tomorrow or the day after.

      I’m not necessarily a fan of the man in the Chair of Peter, but I don’t think the words cited as they are constitute a scandal categorically.

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