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Life in Christ

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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.

chapter two

).

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Endowed with “a spiritual and immortal” soul,

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the hu-

man person is “the only creature on earth that God has willed for

its own sake.”

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From his conception, he is destined for eternal

beatitude.

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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.”

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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.”

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By his reason, man recognizes the voice of God which

urges him “to do what is good and avoid what is evil.”

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Everyone

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.

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“Man, enticed by the Evil One, abused his freedom at the

very beginning of history.”

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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

error:

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

darkness.

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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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14 § 2.

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24 § 3.

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15 § 2.

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17.

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16.

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13 § 1.

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13 § 2.

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