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.
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.
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.
“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).
I BELIEVE IN THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS
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.”
(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.)