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Prologue

faith (the

Commandments

), and the prayer of the believer (the

Lord’s

Prayer

).

Part One:

The profession of faith

14

Those who belong to Christ through faith and Baptism

must confess their baptismal faith before men.

16

First therefore the

Catechism expounds revelation, by which God addresses and

gives himself to man, and the faith by which man responds to God

(

Section One

). The profession of faith summarizes the gifts that God

gives man: as the Author of all that is good; as Redeemer; and as

Sanctifier. It develops these in the three chapters on our baptismal

faith in the one God: the almighty

Father,

the Creator; his

Son

Jesus

Christ, our Lord and Savior; and the

Holy Spirit,

the Sanctifier, in

the Holy Church (

Section Two

).

Part Two:

The sacraments of faith

15

The second part of the Catechism explains how God’s

salvation, accomplished once for all through Christ Jesus and the

Holy Spirit, is made present in the sacred actions of the Church’s

liturgy (

Section One

), especially in the seven sacraments (

Section

Two

).

Part Three:

The life of faith

16

The third part of the Catechism deals with the final end of

man created in the image of God: beatitude, and the ways of

reaching it—through right conduct freely chosen, with the help of

God’s law and grace (

Section One

), and through conduct that fulfills

the twofold commandment of charity, specified in God’s Ten

Commandments (

Section Two

).

Part Four:

Prayer in the life of faith

17

The last part of the Catechism deals with the meaning and

importance of prayer in the life of believers (

Section One

). It con­

cludes with a brief commentary on the seven petitions of the Lord’s

Prayer (

Section Two

), for indeed we find in these the sum of all the

good things which we must hope for and which our heavenly

Father wants to grant us.

16 Cf.

Mt

10:32;

Rom

10:9.