I am unsure about what this word means. The Catechism refers to “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” It’s the first clause–‘assurance of things hoped for,’ that I am having a hard time with. By having faith, I am assured of what, exactly? (I get the second clause.)
I looked at the Catholic Encyclopedia; it defined faith as having to do with ‘steadfastness,’ which is a species of devotion or loyalty. It seems to me that having faith that there is a God is necessary before feeling loyalty or devotion to him, right? So that’s not all that helpful.
Any thoughts or resources? What is a good definition of faith?