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The Profession of Faith

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the understanding of his Death and Resurrection. He

makes present

the mystery of Christ, supremely in the Eucharist, in order to

reconcile them, to

bring them into communion

with God, that they

may “bear much fruit.”

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Thus the Church’s mission is not an addition to that of

Christ and the Holy Spirit, but is its sacrament: in her whole being

and in all her members, the Church is sent to announce, bear

witness, make present, and spread the mystery of the communion

of the Holy Trinity (the topic of the next article):

All of us who have received one and the same Spirit, that is, the

Holy Spirit, are in a sense blended together with one another

and with God. For if Christ, together with the Father’s and his

own Spirit, comes to dwell in each of us, though we are many,

still the Spirit is one andundivided. He binds together the spirits

of each and every one of us, . . . and makes all appear as one

in him. For just as the power of Christ’s sacred flesh unites

those in whom it dwells into one body, I think that in the

same way the one and undivided Spirit of God, who dwells

in all, leads all into spiritual unity.

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Because the Holy Spirit is the anointing of Christ, it is

Christ who, as the head of the Body, pours out the Spirit among his

members to nourish, heal, and organize them in their mutual

functions, to give them life, send them to bear witness, and associ-

ate them to his self-offering to the Father and to his intercession for

the whole world. Through the Church’s sacraments, Christ com-

municates his Holy and sanctifying Spirit to the members of his

Body. (This will be the topic of Part Two of the Catechism.)

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These “mighty works of God,” offered to believers in the

sacraments of the Church, bear their fruit in the new life in Christ,

according to the Spirit. (This will be the topic of Part Three.)

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“The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know

how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes with

sighs too deep for words.”

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The Holy Spirit, the artisan of God’s

works, is the master of prayer. (This will be the topic of Part Four.)

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Jn

15:8, 16.

133 St. Cyril of Alexandria,

In Jo. ev.,

11, 11: PG 74, 561.

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Rom

8:26.

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