Catechism of the Catholic Church

42 Part One to move and assist him; he must have the interior helps of the Holy Spirit, who moves the heart and converts it to God, who opens the eyes of the mind and ‘makes it easy for all to accept and believe the truth.’” 25 Faith is a human act 154 Believing is possible only by grace and the interior helps of the Holy Spirit. But it is no less true that believing is an authen- tically human act. Trusting in God and cleaving to the truths he has revealed are contrary neither to human freedom nor to human reason. Even in human relations it is not contrary to our dignity to believe what other persons tell us about themselves and their intentions or to trust their promises (for example, when a man and a woman marry) to share a communion of life with one another. If this is so, still less is it contrary to our dignity to “yield by faith the full submission of . . . intellect and will to God who reveals,” 26 and to share in an interior communion with him. 155 In faith, the human intellect and will cooperate with divine grace: “Believing is an act of the intellect assenting to the divine truth by command of the will moved by God through grace.” 27 Faith and understanding 156 What moves us to believe is not the fact that revealed truths appear as true and intelligible in the light of our natural reason: we believe “because of the authority of God himself who reveals them, who can neither deceive nor be deceived.” 28 So “that the submission of our faith might nevertheless be in accordance with reason, God willed that external proofs of his Revelation should be joined to the internal helps of the Holy Spirit.” 29 Thus the miracles of Christ and the saints, prophecies, the Church’s growth and holiness, and her fruitfulness and stability “are the most certain signs of divine Revelation, adapted to the intelligence of all”; they are “motives of credibility” ( motiva credibilitatis ), which show that the assent of faith is “by no means a blind impulse of the mind.” 30 25 DV 5; cf. DS 377; 3010. 26 Dei Filius 3: DS 3008. 27 St. Thomas Aquinas, STh II-II, 2, 9; cf. Dei Filius 3: DS 3010. 28 Dei Filius 3: DS 3008. 29 Dei Filius 3: DS 3009. 30 Dei Filius 3: DS 3008-10; cf. Mk 16:20; Heb 2:4. 1814 1996 2606 1749 2126 2008 1063 2465 548 812