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.
“Christ . . . makes man fully manifest to man himself
and brings to light his exalted vocation” (
22 § 1).
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” (
15 § 2).
Inman, true freedom is an “outstandingmanifestation
of the divine image” (
Man is obliged to follow the moral law, which urges
him “to do what is good and avoid what is evil” (cf.
16). This law makes itself heard in his conscience.
Man, having been wounded in his nature by original
sin, is subject to error and inclined to evil in exercising
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
OUR VOCATION TO BEATITUDE
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