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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.

"God gives us some things, as the beginning of faith, even when we do not pray. Other things, such as perseverance, he has only provided for those who pray."
St Augustine

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"A man should keep himself down, and not busy himself in mirabilibus super se."
St Philip Neri

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"To do God's will -- this was the goal upon which the saints constantly fixed their gaze. They were fully persuaded that in this consists the entire perfection of the soul. "
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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