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The Virtue of Faith in the Year of Faith
Transcript of The Virtue of Faith in the Year of Faith
Pivotal virtues What is a virtue? Forming virtues October 11, 2012-November 24, 2013 Why a year of Faith? Write one paragraph (at least five sentences) describing why the Holy Father wants the Church to have a Year of Faith and how you think it will increase your own personal faith.
(due Wednesday 10/17) an interior disposition, a positive habit, a passion that has been
placed at the service of the good.
CCC 1830, 1833 We must work at forming our character so that we can freely, joyfully, and easily accomplish what is good.
three theological virtues: faith, hope, and love Pope Benedict XVI Human virtues are called thus
because you get them through:
- deliberate acts
- repeated efforts
- helped by divine grace Cardinal Virtues Theological Virtues - supernatural because
they have their foundation in God. Faith
Love the power by which we assent to God,
acknowledge his truth,
and commit ourselves
personally to Him. FAITH comes from the Latin CARDO=hinge, or from CARDINALIS=principal These virtues are necessary for leading a holy life. four human virtues called Cardinal Virtues:
prudence, justice, fortitude, temperance (PJFT) FAITH is a virtue. A bad habit?
Well, yes. But bad habits in the spiritual
life are called vices (more on this later). It's a sheer gift of God, which we receive when ask. (YOUCAT 21) Faith is SUPERNATURAL power that is absolutely necessary if we are to attain salvation. (YOUCAT 21) Doge Antonio Grimani (a patron) kneeling before the Faith - by TIZIANO Vecellio (Titian) - from Palazzo Ducale, Venice
Faith is dressed in white, symbolic of Purity and Truth. The Personification of Faith carries the Cross of Christ and the Chalice of the Eucharist , two absolute mysteries which can only be understood and believed through the Infused Virtue of Faith. Faith requires the free will and clear understanding (YOUCAT 21) Faith is ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN, because Jesus guarantees it. (YOUCAT 21) It's incomplete unless it leads to ACTIVE LOVE! (YOUCAT 21) It gives us even NOW a foretaste of the JOY OF HEAVEN! (YOUCAT 21) Faith grows when we listen more and more carefully to God's Word and enter a lively exchange with him in PRAYER! (YOUCAT 21)