“When someone becomes Catholic, s/he is expected to state, “I believe and profess all that the holy Catholic Church believes, teaches, and proclaims to be revealed by God.” How, though, can someone make such a profession without knowing everything the Church teaches? For most people that’s virtually impossible. The Catechism of the Catholic Church alone contains over 700 pages of doctrine!
The answer is found in the Catholic understanding of the nature of faith.
The Catechism defines faith as “man’s response to God, who reveals himself and gives himself to man . . . By faith, man completely submits his intellect and his will to God . . . it is a free assent to the whole truth that God has revealed . . . all that which is contained in the word of God, written or handed down, and which the Church proposes for belief as divinely revealed” (26, 143, 150, 182). (Beaumont, Douglas. “What True Faith Requires” 6 June 2018, https://www.catholic.com/magazine/online-edition/what-true-faith-requires).
St. Aloysius Faith Formation program supports life-long faith development. Faith is not something we learn and then put on a shelf; It is as much a part of our life as is our reflection in the mirror. Like our reflection changes, so too does our faith. Our spiritual relationship with God can wain, develop and mature over time, depending on how we apply our faith and to what extent we persist in the renewal of our understanding of and relationship to God through His Son Jesus Christ.