Life in Christ
The divine image is present in every man. It shines forth
in the communion of persons, in the likeness of the unity of the
divine persons among themselves (cf.
Endowed with “a spiritual and immortal” soul,
man person is “the only creature on earth that God has willed for
its own sake.”
From his conception, he is destined for eternal
The human person participates in the light and power of
the divine Spirit. By his reason, he is capable of understanding the
order of things established by the Creator. By free will, he is capable
of directing himself toward his true good. He finds his perfection
“in seeking and loving what is true and good.”
By virtue of his soul and his spiritual powers of intellect
and will, man is endowed with freedom, an “outstanding manifes-
tation of the divine image.”
By his reason, man recognizes the voice of God which
urges him “to do what is good and avoid what is evil.”
is obliged to follow this law, whichmakes itself heard in conscience
and is fulfilled in the love of God and of neighbor. Living a moral
life bears witness to the dignity of the person.
“Man, enticed by the Evil One, abused his freedom at the
very beginning of history.”
He succumbed to temptation and did
what was evil. He still desires the good, but his nature bears the
wound of original sin. He is now inclined to evil and subject to
Man is divided in himself. As a result, the whole life of men,
both individual and social, shows itself to be a struggle, and
a dramatic one, between good and evil, between light and
By his Passion, Christ delivered us from Satan and from
sin. He merited for us the new life in the Holy Spirit. His grace
restores what sin had damaged in us.
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