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The Profession of Faith

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“To preach . . . the unsearchable riches of Christ”

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The transmission of the Christian faith consists primarily

in proclaiming Jesus Christ in order to lead others to faith in him.

From the beginning, the first disciples burned with the desire to

proclaim Christ: “We cannot but speak of what we have seen and

heard.”

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And they invite people of every era to enter into the joy

of their communion with Christ:

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard,

which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked

upon and touched with our hands, concerning the word of

life—the life was made manifest, and we saw it, and testify

to it, and proclaim to you the eternal life which was with the

Father and was made manifest to us—that which we have

seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you may

have fellowship with us; and our fellowship is with the

Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing this

that our joy may be complete.

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At the heart of catechesis: Christ

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“At the heart of catechesis we find, in essence, a Person, the

Person of Jesus of Nazareth, the only Son from the Father . . . who

suffered and died for us and who now, after rising, is living with

us forever.”

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To catechize is “to reveal in the Person of Christ the

whole of God’s eternal design reaching fulfillment in that Person.

It is to seek to understand the meaning of Christ’s actions and

words and of the signs worked by him.”

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Catechesis aims at

putting “people . . . in communion . . . with Jesus Christ: only he

can lead us to the love of the Father in the Spirit and make us share

in the life of the Holy Trinity.”

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In catechesis “Christ, the Incarnate Word and Son of God,

. . . is taught—everything else is taught with reference to him—and

it is Christ alone who teaches—anyone else teaches to the extent that

he is Christ’s spokesman, enabling Christ to teach with his lips. . .

. Every catechist should be able to apply to himself the mysterious

words of Jesus: ‘My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me.’”

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10

Eph

3:8.

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Acts

4:20.

12

1 Jn

1:1-4.

13

CT

5.

14

CT

5.

15

CT

5.

16

CT

6; cf.

Jn

7:16.

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