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7. Effects of Faith

1. Faith makes us aware of God's judgment, and thusarouses fear of incurring penalties for sin. This isservile fear. And faith also makes the soul fear to beseparated from God by sin, and to deserve the penalties ofsin. This is filial fear. Servile fear is an effect oflifeless faith; filial fear is an effect of living faith.

2. Faith raises the heart and reason to the love of God,and so takes away or lessens our tendency to cling to creaturalgoods. Thus, an effect of faith is the purifying of the heart.

"Obedience is the true holocaust which we sacrifice to God on the altar of our hearts."
St Philip Neri

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"Before a man chooses his confessor, he ought to think well about it, and pray about it also; but when he has once chosen, he ought not to change, except for most urgent reasons, but put the utmost confidence in his director."
St Philip Neri

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"God commands not impossibilities, but by commanding he suggests to you to do what you can, to ask for what is beyond your strength; and he helps you, that you may be able."
St Augustine

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