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Part Three

1842

By faith, we believe in God and believe all that he has

revealed to us and that Holy Church proposes for our

belief.

1843

By hope we desire, and with steadfast trust await

from God, eternal life and the graces to merit it.

1844

By charity, we love God above all things and our

neighbor as ourselves for love of God. Charity, the

form of all the virtues, “binds everything together in

perfect harmony” (

Col

3:14).

1845

The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit bestowed upon

Christians are wisdom, understanding, counsel, forti­

tude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord.

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1846

The Gospel is the revelation in Jesus Christ of God’s mercy

to sinners.

113

The angel announced to Joseph: “You shall call his

name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

114

The same

is true of the Eucharist, the sacrament of redemption: “This is my

blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the

forgiveness of sins.”

115

1847

“God created us without us: but he did not will to save us

without us.”

116

To receive his mercy, we must admit our faults. “If

we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not

in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive

our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

117

1848

As St. Paul affirms, “Where sin increased, grace abounded

all the more.”

118

But to do its work grace must uncover sin so as to

convert our hearts and bestow on us “righteousness to eternal life

113 Cf.

Lk

15.

114

Mt

1:21.

115

Mt

26:28.

116 St. Augustine,

Sermo

169, 11, 13: PL 38, 923.

117

1 Jn

8-9.

118

Rom

5:20.

430

1365

387, 1455

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