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Life in Christ

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To adore God is to acknowledge, in respect and absolute

submission, the “nothingness of the creature” who would not exist

but for God. To adore God is to praise and exalt him and to humble

oneself, as Mary did in the Magnificat, confessing with gratitude

that he has done great things and holy is his name.

14

The worship

of the one God sets man free from turning in on himself, from the

slavery of sin and the idolatry of the world.

Prayer

2098

The acts of faith, hope, and charity enjoined by the first

commandment are accomplished in prayer. Lifting up the mind

toward God is an expression of our adoration of God: prayer of

praise and thanksgiving, intercession and petition. Prayer is an

indispensable condition for being able to obey God’s command­

ments. “[We] ought always to pray and not lose heart.”

15

Sacrifice

2099

It is right to offer sacrifice to God as a sign of adoration and

gratitude, supplication and communion: “Every action done so as

to cling to God in communion of holiness, and thus achieve bless­

edness, is a true sacrifice.”

16

2100

Outward sacrifice, to be genuine, must be the expression

of spiritual sacrifice: “The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken

spirit. . . .”

17

The prophets of the Old Covenant often denounced

sacrifices that were not from the heart or not coupled with love of

neighbor.

18

Jesus recalls the words of the prophet Hosea: “I desire

mercy, and not sacrifice.”

19

The only perfect sacrifice is the one that

Christ offered on the cross as a total offering to the Father’s love

and for our salvation.

20

By uniting ourselves with his sacrifice we

can make our lives a sacrifice to God.

14 Cf.

Lk

1:46-49.

15

Lk

18:1.

16 St. Augustine,

De civ. Dei

10, 6: PL 41, 283.

17

Ps

51:17.

18 Cf.

Am

5:21-25;

Isa

1:10-20.

19

Mt

9:13; 12:7; cf.

Hos

6:6.

20 Cf.

Heb

9:13-14.

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