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Part Three

The third precept (“You shall receive the sacrament of the Eucha­

rist at least during the Easter season”) guarantees as a minimum the

reception of the Lord’s Body and Blood in connection with the Paschal

feasts, the origin and center of the Christian liturgy.

84

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The fourth precept (“You shall observe the days of fasting and

abstinence established by the Church”) ensures the times of ascesis and

penance which prepare us for the liturgical feasts and help us acquire

mastery over our instincts and freedom of heart.

85

The fifth precept (“You shall help to provide for the needs of the

Church”) means that the faithful are obliged to assist with the material

needs of the Church, each according to his own ability.

86

The faithful also have the duty of providing for the material

needs of the Church, each according to his abilities.

87

III.

M

oral

L

ife and

M

issionary

W

itness

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The fidelity of the baptized is a primordial condition for

the proclamation of the Gospel and for the Church’s mission in the

world. In order that the message of salvation can show the power

of its truth and radiance before men, it must be authenticated by

the witness of the life of Christians. “The witness of a Christian life

and good works done in a supernatural spirit have great power to

draw men to the faith and to God.”

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2045

Because they are members of the Body whose Head is

Christ,

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Christians contribute to

building up the Church

by the

constancy of their convictions and their moral lives. The Church

increases, grows, and develops through the holiness of her faithful,

until “we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge

of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature

of the fullness of Christ.”

90

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By living with the mind of Christ, Christians

hasten the coming

of the Reign of God,

“a kingdom of justice, love and peace.”

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They do

not, for all that, abandon their earthly tasks; faithful to their master,

they fulfill themwith uprightness, patience, and love.

84 Cf. CIC, can. 920; CCEO, cann. 708; 881 § 3.

85 Cf. CIC, cann. 1249-1251: CCEO can. 882.

86 Cf. CIC, can. 222; CCEO, can. 25;

Furthermore, episcopal conferences can

establish other ecclesiastical precepts for their own territories

(Cf. CIC, can. 455).

87 Cf. CIC, can. 222.

88

AA

6 § 2.

89 Cf.

Eph

1:22.

90

Eph

4:13; cf.

LG

39.

91

Roman Missal,

Preface for the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King

of the Universe.

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