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3. The External Act of Faith

1. The external declaration, in words or deeds, of what webelieve, is a true act of faith. Though faith itself is in thesoul, and its act is primarily internal, it can be outwardlyexpressed without losing its essential character. Hence, ifinternal thought and assent make an act of faith, the externalexpression of that thought and assent makes an act of faith.

2. A man is obliged to declare his faith outwardly (thatis, he isobliged to make an external act of faith) wheneverthe honor of God or his neighbor's good requires that he shoulddo so.

"The essence of perfection is to embrace the will of God in all things, prosperous or adverse. In prosperity, even sinners find it easy to unite themselves to the divine will; but it takes saints to unite themselves to God's will when things go wrong and are painful to self-love. Our conduct in such instances is the measure of our love of God."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"As the flesh is nourished by food, so is man supported by prayers"
St Augustine

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"It is better to be burdened and in company with the strong than to be unburdened and with the weak. When you are burdened you are close to God, your strength, who abides with the afflicted. When you are relieved of the burden you are close to yourself, your own weakness; for virtue and strength of soul grow and are confirmed in the trials of patience."
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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