The second chapter, entitled “Unless you believe you will not understand,” shows the links between faith and truth and between faith and love.
“One who believes may not be presumptuous, on the contrary, truth leads to humility, since believers know that, rather than ourselves possessing truth, it is truth which embraces and possesses us,” says the Pontiff.
“I delivered to you what I also received” is the title of the third chapter, which focuses solely on the importance of evangelization.
“It is impossible to believe on our own,” says Pope Francis. “Faith is not simply an individual decision.”
The chapter explains that faith is not a private relationship between the divine “thou” and the “I,” but rather between the “we.”
The Pope also writes of the importance of the Sacraments when transmitting the faith, especially baptism, confirmation and the Eucharist.
The final chapter is entitled “God prepares a city for them,” and tells of the link between faith and the common good.
The encyclical reveals that the purpose of faith is not merely to build the afterlife, but to help in edifying society.
The fourth chapter also stresses the importance of marriage, understood between man and woman.
“The 'we' of the family (is) the place par excellence of the transmission of the faith,” said Cardinal Ouellet during the press conference.
The encyclical can be accessed in CNA’s resource section, found here.
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