Filipinos do all this spontaneously, naturally, but not without difficulty. Sometimes weturn away, or refuse to listen, or are rejected by the other. But genuine friendships create
of each other. In them we experience something that liberates usfrom our own narrowness, and opens us to fuller life and love. We realize that friendship
us by another, also demands our
It is a response that is never just one act, but a long
of growing intimacy with our friend. Inevitably, others amongour families and associates are eventually involved. Especially God.
II. FAITH IN GOD
Faith in God is grounded in God’s own revelation through his words and deeds insalvation history. It is confirmed by the many reasons for believing that have been workedout throughout the centuries, responding to the biblical challenge: “Always be ready to givean explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope” (
1 Pt 3:15
A.Characteristics of Christian Faith
Total and Absolute123.
Already the Old Testament contrasted faith “in man in whom there is no salvation” with faithin “the Lord who made heaven and earth . . . who shall reign forever”
(cf. Ps 146:3,5-6,10; Jer 17:5-8)
. OnlyFaith in God calls for a
(cf. CCC 150).
Christ himself provides,especially in his Passion, Death and Resurrection, the best example of this total andabsolute commitment to God.
For us Christians,
Faith is our adherence to the Triune God revealed through JesusChrist our Lord.
It is our
friendship with Christ and through Christ with the Father, intheir Holy Spirit.
Through Christ’s witness to his Father in his teaching, preaching, miracles,and especially in his Passion, Death and Resurrection, we come to believe in Christ our Savior, in the Father, and in the Holy Spirit sent into our hearts. Our Faith as Catholics, then,consists in our personal
in God our Father, revealed by Jesus Christ,His own divine Son-made-man, and their presence to us through the Holy Spirit, in theChurch
(cf. PCP II 64; CCC 151-52).
Loving, Maturing and Missionary125.
Our Christian Faith is truly life-giving and mature only through love, for “the manwithout love has known nothing of God, for God is love”
(1 Jn 4:8).
And to be Christian,
thislove must be inseparably love of God and love of neighbor, like Christ’s.
It thus impelsus to mission, to evangelize, by bringing others the Good News
(cf. 1 Cor 9:16).
of authentic Faith
because it is unthinkable that a person shouldbelieve in Christ’s Word and Kingdom without bearing witness and proclaiming it in his turn
(cf. EN 24; PCP II 67-71, 402).
This means we are all called to share in Christ’s own three-fold mission as priest, prophet and king
(cf. PCP II 116-21; LG 10-13).
Informed and Communitarian126.
insists that Catholic Faith must be
that is “believing Jesus’ words,and accepting his teachings, trusting that he has “the words of eternal life”
(cf. Jn 6:68;