The Scouting Report:
1. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) defines faith by stating that “Faith is first of all a personal adherence of man to God. At the same time, and inseparably, it is a free assent to the whole truth that God has revealed.” (CCC 150) In addition, the catechism continues to explain that “Faith is a gift of God, a supernatural virtue infused by Him” (CCC 153).
2. Faith then is not simply an intellectual assent to God, a belief in His existence, but a real presence of God in my life, a part of the fabric of my very being. This presence of God in my life has implications far beyond just being a “believer.”
3. Faith is adherence to the covenant. A covenant as Dr. Scott Hahn says is an exchange of people. Unlike a contract where I pay money for services or goods or trade goods for services, a Covenant is where I give myself completely to another person and they give themselves completely to me.