I keep reading statements about “belief” on this forum. What do Catholics mean by “belief”, exactly? For instance, if you have to “believe” in the teachings of the Church, what sort of action does that “belief” entail? Let’s pick the Virgin Birth: what does it mean to “believe” in the Virgin Birth?
Does it mean that you constantly tell yourself “Virgin Birth really, actually happened”? Does it mean that if someone asks you, “Did the Virgin Birth really happen?” you say “Yes!” Does it mean that you see the Virgin Birth as a powerful statement concerning something that is beyond the rational mind, yet is ‘true’ in some sense? Does it mean that you “trust” in the Virgin Birth story, whether it actually happened or not? Does it mean that you love God so much that you accept it when he says the Virgin Birth occurred, even though scientifically you think it’s impossible? Does it mean that you’re unwilling to consider the possibility that there was no Virgin Birth? Does it mean that, even if there was no Virgin Birth, acceptance of the Virgin Birth is something that God desires, for reasons known only to him?
Is there an official catechism definition of what it means to “believe”?