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The Profession of Faith

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express the divine person of God’s Son. He has made the features

of his human body his own, to the point that they can be venerat-

ed when portrayed in a holy image, for the believer “who vener-

ates the icon is venerating in it the person of the one depicted.”

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The heart of the Incarnate Word

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Jesus knew and loved us each and all during his life, his

agony, and his Passion and gave himself up for each one of us: “The

Son of God . . . loved me and gave himself for me.”

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He has loved

us all with a human heart. For this reason, the Sacred Heart of Jesus,

pierced by our sins and for our salvation,

117

“is quite rightly

considered the chief sign and symbol of that . . . love with which

the divine Redeemer continually loves the eternal Father and all

human beings” without exception.

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IN BRIEF

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At the time appointed byGod, the only Son of the Father,

the eternal Word, that is, theWord and substantial Image

of the Father, became incarnate; without losing his divine

nature he has assumed human nature.

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Jesus Christ is true God and true man, in the unity of

his divine person; for this reason he is the one and only

mediator between God and men.

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Jesus Christ possesses two natures, one divine and the

other human, not confused, but united in the one

person of God’s Son.

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Christ, being true God and true man, has a human

intellect and will, perfectly attuned and subject to his

divine intellect and divine will, which he has in com-

mon with the Father and the Holy Spirit.

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The Incarnation is therefore the mystery of the won-

derful union of the divine and human natures in the

one person of the Word.

115 Council of Nicaea II: DS 601.

116

Gal

2:20.

117 Cf.

Jn

19:34.

118 Pius XII, encyclical,

Haurietis aquas

(1956): DS 3924; cf. DS 3812.

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