The Profession of Faith
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.”
The heart of the Incarnate Word
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.”
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,
“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.
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.
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.
Jesus Christ possesses two natures, one divine and the
other human, not confused, but united in the one
person of God’s Son.
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.
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.
118 Pius XII, encyclical,
(1956): DS 3924; cf. DS 3812.