The goodness of a thing created is the perfection of its fitness for the use which it serves. Now that use is either particular or universal.
The first act of religion therefore concerns those things which are communicated to us from God. The other concerns those things which we yield to God.
Everyone who understands the nature of God rightly necessarily knows that God is to be believed and hoped in that he is to be loved and called upon and to be heard in all things.
Faith is the virtue by which clinging-to the faithfulness of God we lean upon him so that we may obtain what he gives to us.
From faith hope and love the virtues of religion referring to God there arises a double act which bears on the spiritual communion exercised between God and us the hearing of the word and prayer.
Therefore the church is not absolutely necessary as an object of faith not even for us today for then Abraham and the other prophets would not have given assent to those things which were revealed to them from God without any intervening help of the church.