Life in Christ
The vocation of humanity is to show forth the image of
God and to be transformed into the image of the Father’s only Son.
This vocation takes a personal form since each of us is called to
enter into the divine beatitude; it also concerns the human commu
nity as a whole.
THE PERSON AND SOCIETY
All men are called to the same end: God himself. There is
a certain resemblance between the unity of the divine persons and
the fraternity that men are to establish among themselves in truth
Love of neighbor is inseparable from love for God.
The human person needs to live in society. Society is not
for him an extraneous addition but a requirement of his nature.
Through the exchange with others, mutual service and dialogue
with his brethren, man develops his potential; he thus responds to
is a group of persons bound together organically
by a principle of unity that goes beyond each one of them. As an
assembly that is at once visible and spiritual, a society endures
through time: it gathers up the past and prepares for the future. By
means of society, each man is established as an “heir” and receives
certain “talents” that enrich his identity and whose fruits he must
He rightly owes loyalty to the communities of which he
is part and respect to those in authority who have charge of the
24 § 3.
25 § 1.