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Life in Christ

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C

hapter

T

wo

T

he

H

uman

C

ommunity

1877

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.

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rticle

1

THE PERSON AND SOCIETY

I.

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he

C

ommunal

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haracter

of

the

H

uman

V

ocation

1878

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

and love.

1

Love of neighbor is inseparable from love for God.

1879

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

his vocation.

2

1880

A

society

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

develop.

3

He rightly owes loyalty to the communities of which he

is part and respect to those in authority who have charge of the

common good.

1 Cf.

GS

24 § 3.

2 Cf.

GS

25 § 1.

3 Cf.

Lk

19:13, 15.

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