Editor’s note: This post was originally published on August 19, 2013 as part of a series called To the Heights. The entire series can be found here. Father Vincent Ferrer Bagan was ordained to the priesthood in May 2015 and is a visiting instructor of theology and music at Providence College for the Dominican Province of St. Joseph.
Father Vincent Ferrer Bagan, O.P., speaks about believing in Jesus and belonging to the Church (CCC, 166–169):
Faith is a personal act—the free response of the human person to the initiative of God who reveals himself. But faith is not an isolated act. No one can believe alone, just as no one can live alone. You have not given yourself faith as you have not given yourself life. The believer has received faith from others and should hand it on to others. Our love for Jesus and for our neighbor impels us to speak to others about our faith. Each believer is thus a link in the great chain of believers. I cannot believe without being carried by the faith of others, and by my faith I help support others in the faith.
—Catechism of the Catholic Church, 166
Image: Caspar David Friedrich, The wanderer above the sea of fog