Catechism 35

Since we are redeemed by grace alone, through faith alone, where does this faith come from?
All the gifts we receive from Christ we receive through the Holy Spirit, including faith itself.
(New City Catechism)

Even faith’s a gift:
   the thought
that I can stretch out my hand
     and take
   free gift of grace,
in death does not occur;
     the soul
clings only to the dust,
           unless
respired by gift of faith.

Even faith’s from His hand:
   the Spirit
breathes out life-desiring life
     and life
    breathes hope that there
is more than death ahead.
      What life
desires, the Spirit gives.
           Faith first:
for faith itself’s a gift.

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