Faith - the beginning of eternal life
Faith makes us taste in advance the light of the beatific vision, the goal of our journey. Then we shall see God "face to face" as he is. (1 Cor. 13:12; 1 John 3:2) So faith is already the beginning of eternal life. When we contemplate the blessings of faith even now, as if gazing at a reflection in a mirror, it is as if we already possessed the wonderful things which our faith assures us we shall one day enjoy.
Now, however, "we walk by faith, not by sight";(2 Cor. 5:7) we perceive God as "in a mirror, dimly" and only "in part." (1 Cor. 13:12) Even though enlightened by him in whom it believes, faith is often lived in darkness and can be put to test.
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