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Part Three

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He who believes in Christ becomes a son of God. This filial

adoption transforms him by giving him the ability to follow the

example of Christ. It makes him capable of acting rightly and doing

good. In union with his Savior, the disciple attains the perfection

of charity which is holiness. Having matured in grace, the moral

life blossoms into eternal life in the glory of heaven.

IN BRIEF

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“Christ . . . makes man fully manifest to man himself

and brings to light his exalted vocation” (

GS

22 § 1).

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Endowed with a spiritual soul, with intellect and with

free will, the human person is from his very concep-

tion ordered to God and destined for eternal beatitude.

He pursues his perfection in “seeking and loving what

is true and good” (

GS

15 § 2).

1712

Inman, true freedom is an “outstandingmanifestation

of the divine image” (

GS

17).

1713

Man is obliged to follow the moral law, which urges

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

GS

16). This law makes itself heard in his conscience.

1714

Man, having been wounded in his nature by original

sin, is subject to error and inclined to evil in exercising

his freedom.

1715

He who believes in Christ has new life in the Holy

Spirit. The moral life, increased and brought to matur­

ity in grace, is to reach its fulfillment in the glory of

heaven.

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rticle

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OUR VOCATION TO BEATITUDE

I.

T

he

B

eatitudes

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The Beatitudes are at the heart of Jesus’ preaching. They

take up the promises made to the chosen people since Abraham.

The Beatitudes fulfill the promises by ordering them no longer

merely to the possession of a territory, but to the Kingdom of

heaven:

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