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Part One

822

Concern for achieving unity “involves the whole Church,

faithful and clergy alike.”

287

But we must realize “that this holy

objective—the reconciliation of all Christians in the unity of the one

and only Church of Christ—transcends human powers and gifts.”

That is why we place all our hope “in the prayer of Christ for the

Church, in the love of the Father for us, and in the power of the

Holy Spirit.”

288

II.

T

he

C

hurch

I

s

H

oly

823

“The Church . . . is held, as a matter of faith, to be unfail-

ingly holy. This is because Christ, the Son of God, who with the

Father and the Spirit is hailed as ‘alone holy,’ loved the Church as

his Bride, giving himself up for her so as to sanctify her; he joined

her to himself as his body and endowed her with the gift of the

Holy Spirit for the glory of God.”

289

The Church, then, is “the holy

People of God,”

290

and her members are called “saints.”

291

824

United with Christ, the Church is sanctified by him;

through him and with him she becomes sanctifying. “All the

activities of the Church are directed, as toward their end, to the

sanctification of men in Christ and the glorification of God.”

292

It

is in the Church that “the fullness of the means of salvation”

293

has

been deposited. It is in her that “by the grace of God we acquire

holiness.”

294

825

“The Church on earth is endowed already with a sanctity

that is real though imperfect.”

295

In her members perfect holiness

is something yet to be acquired: “Strengthened by so many and

such great means of salvation, all the faithful, whatever their

condition or state—though each in his own way—are called by the

Lord to that perfection of sanctity by which the Father himself is

perfect.”

296

826

Charity is the soul of the holiness to which all are called: it

“governs, shapes, and perfects all the means of sanctification.”

297

287

UR

5.

288

UR

24 § 2.

289

LG

39; cf.

Eph

5:25-26.

290

LG

12.

291

Acts

9:13;

1 Cor

6:1; 16:1.

292

SC

10.

293

UR

3 § 5.

294

LG

48.

295

LG

48 § 3.

296

LG

11 § 3.

297

LG

42.

459

796

946

816

670

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1827, 2658