Every so often, I like to review the basics of our Faith from the CCC. The theological virtues are gifted to us at Baptism and become the whole foundation of our lives…in either a negative or positive sense. Certainly the infused theological virtues can be present without one being conscious of them - by their fruits they are known.
Mother Teresa for example for the final 40 years of her life felt afraid Faith and God had abandoned her…yet she continued a walk of Faith in Faith - hence Faith and God certainly had not abandoned her. Feelings are not always indicative of objective truth or reality. Neither are our thoughts. An example of thinking not being necessarily truth/reality is that Mother Teresa’s nuns all thought she was a joyful soul rich in Faith, always joyful and smiling, encouraging and affirming - her diaries tell us rather that she was a tormented soul plagued by fears which she kept hidden from all but her director.
The Teachings of The Church remain for a me a reality check.
I will post each of the three theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity infused at Baptism and outlined for us in the Catechism individually over a period due to the excessive wordcount if I post all three.
II. THE THEOLOGICAL VIRTUES
1812 The human virtues are rooted in the theological virtues, which adapt man’s faculties for participation in the divine nature:76 for the theological virtues relate directly to God. They dispose Christians to live in a relationship with the Holy Trinity. They have the One and Triune God for their origin, motive, and object.
1813 The theological virtues are the foundation of Christian moral activity; they animate it and give it its special character. They inform and give life to all the moral virtues. They are infused by God into the souls of the faithful to make them capable of acting as his children and of meriting eternal life. They are the pledge of the presence and action of the Holy Spirit in the faculties of the human being. There are three theological virtues: faith, hope, and charity.77
1814 Faith is the theological virtue by which we believe in God and believe all that he has said and revealed to us, and that Holy Church proposes for our belief, because he is truth itself. By faith "man freely commits his entire self to God."78 For this reason the believer seeks to know and do God’s will. “The righteous shall live by faith.” Living faith "work[s] through charity."79
1815 The gift of faith remains in one who has not sinned against it.80 But “faith apart from works is dead”:81 when it is deprived of hope and love, faith does not fully unite the believer to Christ and does not make him a living member of his Body.
1816 The disciple of Christ must not only keep the faith and live on it, but also profess it, confidently bear witness to it, and spread it: "All however must be prepared to confess Christ before men and to follow him along the way of the Cross, amidst the persecutions which the Church never lacks***."82 Service of and witness to the faith are necessary for salvation:*** “So every one who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven; but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.”