Word Made Flesh: Recovering a Sense of the Sacred through Prayer

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God is Truth itself and as such he can neither deceive nor be deceived. God revealed himself to Israel as the One who has a stronger love than that of parents for their children or of husbands and wives for their spouses. By sending his Son and the Holy Spirit, God reveals that he himself is an eternal exchange of love. To believe in the one and only God involves coming to know his greatness and majesty. It involves living in thanksgiving and trusting always in him, even in adversity. It involves knowing the unity and true dignity of all human beings, created in his image.

It involves making good use of the things which he has created. The central mystery of Christian faith and life is the mystery of the Most Blessed Trinity.

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Christians are baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Can the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity be known by the light of human reason alone? This mystery was revealed by Jesus Christ and it is the source of all the other mysteries. He is God, one and equal with the Father and the Son. The Church expresses her trinitarian faith by professing a belief in the oneness of God in whom there are three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The three divine Persons are only one God because each of them equally possesses the fullness of the one and indivisible divine nature.

They are really distinct from each other by reason of the relations which place them in correspondence to each other. Inseparable in their one substance, the three divine Persons are also inseparable in their activity. The Trinity has one operation, sole and the same. In this one divine action, however, each Person is present according to the mode which is proper to him in the Trinity. May I never abandon you there, but may I be there, whole and entire, completely vigilant in my faith, entirely adoring, and wholly given over to your creative action.

His omnipotence is universal, mysterious and shows itself in the creation of the world out of nothing and humanity out of love; but above all it shows itself in the Incarnation and the Resurrection of his Son, in the gift of filial adoption and in the forgiveness of sins. It shows forth the almighty and wise love of God, and it is the first step toward the covenant of the one God with his people. It is the beginning of the history of salvation which culminates in Christ; and it is the first answer to our fundamental questions regarding our very origin and destiny. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are the one and indivisible principle of creation even though the work of creating the world is particularly attributed to God the Father.

The world was created for the glory of God who wished to show forth and communicate his goodness, truth and beauty. God created the universe freely with wisdom and love. The world is not the result of any necessity, nor of blind fate, nor of chance.

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God preserves his creation in being and sustains it, giving it the capacity to act and leading it toward its fulfillment through his Son and the Holy Spirit. Divine Providence consists in the dispositions with which God leads his creatures toward their ultimate end. God is the sovereign Master of his own plan. To carry it out, however, he also makes use of the cooperation of his creatures.

For God grants his creatures the dignity of acting on their own and of being causes for each other. To this question, as painful and mysterious as it is, only the whole of Christian faith can constitute a response. God is not in any way - directly or indirectly - the cause of evil. He illuminates the mystery of evil in his Son Jesus Christ who died and rose in order to vanquish that great moral evil, human sin, which is at the root of all other evils. Faith gives us the certainty that God would not permit evil if he did not cause a good to come from that very evil.

This was realized in a wondrous way by God in the death and resurrection of Christ. In fact, from the greatest of all moral evils the murder of his Son he has brought forth the greatest of all goods the glorification of Christ and our redemption. The Church in her profession of faith proclaims that God is the Creator of everything, visible and invisible, of all spiritual and corporeal beings, that is, of angels and of the visible world and, in a special way, of man.

The angels are purely spiritual creatures, incorporeal, invisible, immortal, and personal beings endowed with intelligence and will. They ceaselessly contemplate God face-to-face and they glorify him.

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They serve him and are his messengers in the accomplishment of his saving mission to all. The Church joins with the angels in adoring God, invokes their assistance and commemorates some in her liturgy.

Every single thing owes its very existence to God from whom it receives its goodness and perfection, its proper laws and its proper place in the universe. The human person is the summit of visible creation in as much as he or she is created in the image and likeness of God.

There exist an interdependence and a hierarchy among creatures as willed by God. At the same time, there is also a unity and solidarity among creatures since all have the same Creator, are loved by him and are ordered to his glory. Respecting the laws inscribed in creation and the relations which derive from the nature of things is, therefore, a principle of wisdom and a foundation for morality. The work of creation culminates in the still greater work of redemption, which in fact gives rise to a new creation in which everything will recover its true meaning and fulfillment.

Human beings are the only creatures on earth that God has willed for their own sake and has called to share, through knowledge and love, in his own divine life. All human beings, in as much as they are created in the image of God, have the dignity of a person.

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A person is not something but someone, capable of self-knowledge and of freely giving himself and entering into communion with God and with other persons. God has created everything for them; but he has created them to know, serve and love God, to offer all of creation in this world in thanksgiving back to him and to be raised up to life with him in heaven.

Only in the mystery of the incarnate Word does the mystery of the human person come into true light. All people form the unity of the human race by reason of the common origin which they have from God. All have but one Savior and are called to share in the eternal happiness of God. The human person is a being at once corporeal and spiritual.

In man spirit and matter form one nature. This unity is so profound that, thanks to the spiritual principle which is the soul, the body which is material, becomes a living human body and participates in the dignity of the image of God. It does not perish at the moment when it is separated from the body in death and it will be once again reunited with the body at the moment of the final resurrection. Man and woman have been created by God in equal dignity insofar as they are human persons.

At the same time, they have been created in a reciprocal complementarity insofar as they are masculine and feminine.


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God has willed them one for the other to form a communion of persons. In creating man and woman God had given them a special participation in his own divine life in holiness and justice. In the plan of God they would not have had to suffer or die. Furthermore, a perfect harmony held sway within the human person, a harmony between creature and Creator, between man and woman, as well as between the first human couple and all of creation.

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Sin is present in human history. This reality of sin can be understood clearly only in the light of divine revelation and above all in the light of Christ the Savior of all. Where sin abounded, he made grace to abound all the more. This expression indicates that Satan and the other demons, about which Sacred Scripture and the Tradition of the Church speak, were angels, created good by God. They were, however, transformed into evil because with a free and irrevocable choice they rejected God and his Kingdom, thus giving rise to the existence of hell.

They try to associate human beings with their revolt against God.