What is the first effect of faith?


Q. What is the first effect of faith?

A. The first effect of faith is that through faith the soul is united to God, and by it there is between the soul and God a union akin to marriage. When a man is baptized the first question that is asked him or the godparents is “Do you believe in God?” This is because Baptism is the first Sacrament of faith. Hence, the Lord said:

“He that believes and is baptized shall be saved.” Mk 16:16

Baptism without faith is of no value. Indeed, it must be known that no one is acceptable before God unless he has faith.

“Without faith it is impossible to please God. ” Hebrew 11:6

St. Augustine explains these words of St. Paul, “All that is not of faith is sin.” In this way: “Where there is no knowledge of the eternal and unchanging Truth, virtue, even in the midst of the best moral life is false.”

-St. Thomas Aquinas Lent 1272

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