Catechism of the Catholic Church

46 Part One yourself life. The believer has received faith fromothers and should hand it on to others. Our love for Jesus and for our neighbor impels us to speak to others about our faith. Each believer is thus a link in the great chain of believers. I cannot believe without being carried by the faith of others, and by my faith I help support others in the faith. 167 I believe ( Apostles’ Creed ) is the faith of the Church professed personally by each believer, principally during Baptism. We believe ( Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed ) is the faith of the Church confessed by the bishops assembled in council or more generally by the liturgical assembly of believers. I believe is also the Church, our mother, responding to God by faith as she teaches us to say both I believe and We believe. I. “L ord , L ook upon the F aith of Y our C hurch ” 168 It is the Church that believes first, and so bears, nourishes, and sustains my faith. Everywhere, it is the Church that first confesses the Lord: “Throughout the world the holy Church ac- claims you.” as we sing in the hymn “ Te Deum ”; with her and in her, we are won over and brought to confess: “I believe,” “We believe.” It is through the Church that we receive faith and new life in Christ by Baptism. In the Rituale Romanum, the minister of Baptism asks the catechumen: “What do you ask of God’s Church?”And the answer is: “Faith.” “What does faith offer you?” “Eternal life.” 54 169 Salvation comes from God alone; but because we receive the life of faith through the Church, she is our mother: “We believe the Church as the mother of our new birth, and not in the Church as if she were the author of our salvation.” 55 Because she is our mother, she is also our teacher in the faith. II. T he L anguage of F aith 170 We do not believe in formulas, but in those realities they express, which faith allows us to touch. “The believer’s act [of faith] does not terminate in the propositions, but in the realities [which they express].” 56 All the same, we do approach these realities with the help of formulations of the faith which permit us to express the 54 Roman Ritual, Rite of baptism of adults. 55 Faustus of Riez, De Spiritu Sancto 1, 2: PL 62, 11. 56 St. Thomas Aquinas, STh II-II, 1, 2, ad 2. 1124 2040 1253 750 2030 186