[quote=RCEllis]The host then went on and made the point that with faith, all things are possible.
Is this, as simply stated, Catholic Doctrine? and
Does this mean that all I needed was unquestioning faith and my father would not have died of hearf failure?
There is more than one “type” of faith described in the Bible. Others may list more than two, but I focus on two.
The faith that leads to salvation.
The faith that leads to miracles.
This faith is a gift from God - given to all who believe - that enables us to know, love and serve God - to respond to His loving call. This is a more universal faith.
This faith is also a gift from God (as are all graces) - but is the gift of faith Jesus was referencing when He said “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed…” mountains or trees would be moved.
This second faith is the faith of miracles, and comes to us as a gift from God when we just know - beyond any doubt - that He is going to act in a specific way. I believe this is the faith this “host” was talking about.
Please do not confuse the two. The first is a grace that all believers receive that leads us toward God. The second is a grace of a sure knowledge of the action of God on our behalf for a specific thing.
What they have in common is that they are both graces that give us confidence in the Hand of God for our sakes. One is very common, the other more rare. Look at 1 Corinthians 12. Paul puts this “type 2” faith in with healing, miracles, knowledge, prophecy.
I hope that helps.