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Faith

I’m not a theologian so forgive me if there are any mistakes in the following. This is a short post on the first theological Virtue, that of Faith.

Faith is the belief in the unseen, the divine, for the supernatural is invisible to us.  We cannot see God, except in the Blessed Sacrament, for if we saw Him in all His glory, we would die, as the Scriptures say.  What then, is divine faith?  It is a supernatural virtue, whereby we assent with our intellect to the truths revealed by God, only on His authority. We accept with our minds and wills what God has revealed in Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition, because God has revealed them, who cannot deceive.  Faith is the foundation of Christianity.  Without Faith, there would be no basis for belief in the Resurrection of Our Lord, for example.  We believe in an unseen event.  We have faith that the eyewitnesses saw what they claimed, though we were not there ourselves to witness the truth of Christ’s Resurrection.  We walk by Faith, not by sight.  Remember that we do have blind faith but rather it is confirmed by miracles and prophecies, which are divine acts of God.

From the Baltimore Catechism, #3:

Q. 465. What is Faith?

A. Faith is a Divine virtue by which we firmly believe the truths which God has revealed.

We can know things through our natural reason, but supernatural things we know with our supernatural reason, through Divine Revelation.  This virtue of Faith allows us to believe in the supernatural which cannot be arrived at through the natural reason alone.

Vatican I states, “The Catholic Church has always held that there is a twofold order of knowledge, and that these two orders are distinguished from one another not only in their principle but in their object; in one we know by natural reason, in the other by Divine faith; the object of the one is truth attainable by natural reason, the object of the other is mysteries hidden in God, but which we have to believe and which can only be known to us by Divine revelation.”

Some others quotes on Faith:

To be sure, life built on faith should be the fruit of religions formation. Faith, however, is not a matter of imagination or pious emotion; but, on the contrary, it is an intellectual recognition (of not a rational permeation) and a voluntary acceptance by the will; a complete development of faith is one of the most profound acts of the individual, one in which all his powers become acute.”   ~St. Edith Stein

“Reason is one thing, and faith is another, and reason can as little be made a substitute for faith, as faith can be made a substitute for reason.” ~Cardinal Newman

“There is nothing more certain than our faith, nothing safer, nothing more holy, nothing that rests on firmer principles.”   ~Pope Pius IX

“The beginning of a good life, to which also life eternal is owed, is correct faith. Faith, however, is believing what you do not yet see; to which faith is the reward is seeing what you believe. Let us not fail in the time for faith, therefore, as in a time for sowing, and let us not fail even to the end; but let us persevere, until we can reap what we have sown.”   ~St. Augustine

“We must have this firm faith not only in some but in all the truths which God has made known, although they may be altogether incomprehensive to us. Faith will not allow of the rejection of even one; and he who should voluntarily entertain a doubt of one single article – one single point of faith – could not be said to have faith at all. We believe everything that God has revealed, precisely for this reason: that God has said it.”  ~Fr. Michael Muller

“If anyone says that the assent to Christian faith is not free, but is necessarily produced by arguments of human reason; or that the grace of God is necessary only for living faith which works by charity: let him be anathema.”    ~First Vatican Council

“Faith is the first link that unites us to God; for, as the apostles says, he that cometh to God, must believe (Heb. xi. 6). It brings us to God, and keeps us there. Our Savior here tells us that he who believeth is not judged: and the reason is, that he, whose faith is what our Gospel implies it to be, does not only assent to a doctrine, but he embraces it with his whole heart and mind; he believes it, because he wishes to love what he believes. Faith works, and is perfected by charity; but it is itself a foretaste of charity. Therefore does our Lord promise salvation to him that believeth. This faith meets with obstacles, because of our fallen nature. As we have just been told, light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light. In this our age, darkness is prevalent. Even false lights are seen to rise up, and mislead thousands. We repeat it: faith – that faith which brings us to God and saves us from His judgments – is now rare.”   ~Fr. Gueranger

Faith is evidence of the unseen, as Scripture so clearly states: “Now faith is the substance of things to be hoped for, the evidence of things that appear not.”  ~Hebrews 11:1

If we have faith, we must have works as well. Works are evidence of our faith.  What better work is there than to help a soul come to Faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ and naturally, His Church?

Today’s crisis in the Catholic Church has tested the faith of many.  Can an institution survive attack on all sides and still stand?  Yes, a divine institution can; the Catholic Church has indeed survived and continues to survive the greatest crisis in her history because the Church is of supernatural origin, guided and thriving by and through supernatural Faith that She gives to her children in this vale of tears, so that they can reach heaven, guided by belief in the unseen, Faith, to ultimately attain the fulfillment of Faith, belief in the seen, the Beatific Vision of God, where he will be seen as he is, face to face.

~Damsel of the Faith

 

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Series on the sermons of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre (In dedication to Fr. Christopher Brandler)

The words of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre must be proclaimed far and wide for these are the words of a great saint.  I will begin to post his profound sermons on my blog.

The Archbishop loved his Priests and wanted them to be true Catholic Priests to continue the True Catholic Faith, for the honor and glory of God and the salvation of souls.  The Priests of his Society continue his work and these holy men will be repaid for their dedication to the True Faith, not only in this life, but in the next.  I dedicate these posts to one such Priest of Our Lord and the SSPX, Father Christopher Brandler.  It is the Archbishop who will help you to better appreciate your Priesthood, Father. Remain faithful to his vision and His Faith, the True Catholic Faith.  God bless you, Father.

Here are the words of a saintly defender and hero of the True Catholic Faith.  By reading his words we can see that the Archbishop had a burning love for the Church, the Mass and the Catholic Priesthood.

Viva Archbishop Lefebvre!

http://www.sspxasia.com/Documents/Archbishop-Lefebvre/Archbishop_Lefebvre_and_the_Vatican/Part_I/1987-06-29.htm

From his June 29, 1987 Priest Ordination Sermon:

“You are going to be ordained in the Catholic Mass. You are not going to be ordained in the neo-Protestant Mass. And this Catholic Mass has been, is still, and always will be the great priestly program, the great program of the Christian life. To modify this Mass is also to change the priestly ideal and the Christian ideal, the Catholic ideal. Indeed, this Holy Mass is, before all else, the Cross of Jesus, the continuation of the Cross of Jesus. The veil of the temple is torn because Jesus died on the Cross. The Old Testament disappeared in order to give place to the New Testament. Was everything then changed?  Yes and no. Without a doubt all the rites of the ancient law and a certain conception of the law of God were changed; but the main point of the law of the Old Testament was transformed into a living vision of the law of love. What are the Ten Commandments, if not to love God and to love our neighbor?  It is Our Lord Jesus Christ Himself who told us this. And this law of love from now on is no longer inscribed only on stones but in the Sacrifice of Our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the law of love and He has shown it on the Cross. What more beautiful manifestation of this law of love and of this charity could Our Lord give than dying on the Cross for the glory of His Father and for the salvation of souls?”

“In this way your souls will be comforted before the Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ, before His Blood, before His Body, which you will have in front of you on the altar and which you yourselves will make come down from Heaven by the words of consecration that you will pronounce. What a sublime mystery: God obedient to men to offer and continue His Sacrifice. That will be the design of your priestly life: to penetrate the souls who will come to you and who will take part in your Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, with these sentiments of love towards God, of love towards your neighbor, right up to the sacrifice of yourself. And God knows that Our Lord Jesus Christ gives us the example for this: up to the sacrifice of self, up to death if necessary, up to pouring out your blood to remain united to Our Lord Jesus Christ. May that be your resolution. That is why you must be attached to the life and death of Our Lord at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass that you are going to celebrate with me.”

“Who has been uncrowned? Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Who has uncrowned Him? The Roman authorities of today.”

“Jesus Christ is uncrowned. He is no longer the King, the universal King, the King whom we proclaim from the Feast of Christmas right up to His Ascension. All the religious feasts proclaim the royalty of Our Lord Jesus Christ. All during the liturgical year, we sing: Rex regum, et Dominus dominantium—King of kings and Lord of lords!

And behold!Instead of magnifying the royalty of Our Lord Jesus Christ, a pantheon of all religions is instituted!  Just as the pagan emperors of Rome had made that pantheon of all the religions, today it is the Roman authorities of the Church who are doing it!

This is a tremendous scandal for souls, for Catholics, to see thus cast into doubt the universal Kingship of Our Lord Jesus Christ. It is precisely that which is called Liberalism.

Liberalism is the institution of man’s freedom vis-à-vis God. As a consequence, the man who in his conscience believes, hopes, professes any religion becomes as respectable as the one who says that he is professing the true religion.”

“This is not a human battle. We are in close combat with Satan. It is a struggle that demands all the supernatural forces which we need in order to fight against him who wants to destroy the Church radically, who wishes the destruction of the work of Our Lord Jesus Christ. He has wanted this ever since Our Lord was born, and he wants to go on abolishing and destroying His Mystical Body, wiping out His reign and all His institutions, whatever they may be. We have to be conscious of this dramatic, apocalyptic struggle in which we live and not minimize it. To the extent that we minimize it, our eagerness in the battle grows less. We become weaker and dare no more to proclaim the Truth. We no longer dare to proclaim the social Kingship of Our Lord, because that sounds bad to the ears of the secular and atheistic world. To say that Our Lord Jesus Christ should reign in society seems to be a folly to the world. We are taken for laggards, old-fashioned, frozen in the Middle Ages. ‘All of that belongs to the past. It is finished. That time has ended. It is no longer possible that Our Lord Jesus Christ can reign in society.’  We could perhaps suffer a little of the tendency to be afraid of this public opinion that is against us, because we affirm the Kingship of Our Lord. Let us not be surprised then that the demonstrations that we can hold in favor of the social Kingship of Our Lord raise up in front of us an army directed by Satan in order to impede our influence from growing and even to destroy it.”