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Part Three

S

ection

O

ne

M

an

s

V

ocation

L

ife

in the

S

pirit

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Life in the Holy Spirit fulfills the vocation of man (

chapter

one

). This life is made up of divine charity and human solidarity

(

chapter two

). It is graciously offered as salvation (

chapter three

).

C

hapter

O

ne

T

he

D

ignity of

the

H

uman

P

erson

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The dignity of the human person is rooted in his creation

in the image and likeness of God (

article 1

); it is fulfilled in his

vocation to divine beatitude (

article 2

). It is essential to a human

being freely to direct himself to this fulfillment (

article 3

). By his

deliberate actions (

article 4

), the human person does, or does not,

conform to the good promised by God and attested by moral

conscience

(article 5).

Human beings make their own contribution

to their interior growth; they make their whole sentient and spiri-

tual lives into means of this growth (

article 6

). With the help of grace

they grow in virtue (

article 7

), avoid sin, and if they sin they entrust

themselves as did the prodigal son

1

to the mercy of our Father in

heaven (

article 8

). In this way they attain to the perfection of charity.

A

rticle

1

MAN: THE IMAGE OF GOD

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“Christ, . . . in the very revelation of the mystery of the

Father and of his love, makes man fully manifest to himself and

brings to light his exalted vocation.”

2

It is in Christ, “the image of

the invisible God,”

3

that man has been created “in the image and

likeness” of the Creator. It is in Christ, Redeemer and Savior, that

the divine image, disfigured in man by the first sin, has been

restored to its original beauty and ennobled by the grace of God.

4

1

Lk

15:11-32.

2

GS

22.

3

Col

1:15; cf.

2 Cor

4:4.

4 Cf.

GS

22.

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