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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 single act of uniformity with the divine will suffices to make a saint."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"Though the path is plain and smooth for people of good will, those who walk it will not travel far, and will do so only with difficulty if they do not have good feet, courage, and tenacity of spirit. "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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