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PART ONE

THE PROFESSION

OF FAITH

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We begin our profession of faith by saying: I believe or

We believe. Before expounding the Church’s faith, as confessed

in the Creed, celebrated in the liturgy, and lived in observance of

God’s commandments and in prayer, we must first ask what “to

believe” means. Faith is man’s response to God, who reveals

himself and gives himself to man, at the same time bringing man

a superabundant light as he searches for the ultimate meaning of

his life. Thus we shall consider first that search (

Chapter One

), then

the divine Revelation by which God comes to meet man (

Chapter

Two

), and finally the response of faith (

Chapter Three

).

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The desire for God is written in the human heart, because

man is created by God and for God; and God never ceases to draw

man to himself. Only in God will he find the truth and happiness

he never stops searching for:

The dignity of man rests above all on the fact that he is called

to communion with God. This invitation to converse with

God is addressed to man as soon as he comes into being. For

if man exists, it is because God has created him through love,

and through love continues to hold him in existence. He

cannot live fully according to truth unless he freely acknow­

ledges that love and entrusts himself to his creator.

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1 Vatican Council II,

GS

19 § 1.

355, 170

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