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Part One

to come. Likewise she shines forth on earth, until the day of

the Lord shall come, a sign of certain hope and comfort to

the pilgrim People of God.

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IN BRIEF

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By pronouncing her “fiat” at the Annunciation and

giving her consent to the Incarnation, Mary was al-

ready collaborating with the whole work her Son was

to accomplish. She is mother wherever he is Savior

and head of the Mystical Body.

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The Most Blessed Virgin Mary, when the course of her

earthly life was completed, was taken up body and

soul into the glory of heaven, where she already shares

in the glory of her Son’s Resurrection, anticipating the

resurrection of all members of his Body.

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“We believe that the HolyMother of God, the new Eve,

Mother of the Church, continues in heaven to exercise

her maternal role on behalf of the members of Christ”

(Paul VI, CPG § 15).

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I BELIEVE IN THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS

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The Apostle’s Creed associates faith in the forgiveness of

sins not only with faith in the Holy Spirit, but also with faith in the

Church and in the communion of saints. It was when he gave the

Holy Spirit to his apostles that the risen Christ conferred on them

his own divine power to forgive sins: “Receive the Holy Spirit. If

you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins

of any, they are retained.”

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(Part Two of the catechism will deal explicitly with the

forgiveness of sins through Baptism, the sacrament of Pen-

ance, and the other sacraments, especially the Eucharist.

Here it will suffice to suggest some basic facts briefly.)

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LG

68; cf.

2 Pet

3:10.

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Jn

20:22-23.