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“Lord, Look upon the Faith of Your Church”. . . . . . . . . . 46

II.

The Language of Faith. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

III.

Only One Faith. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 IN BRIEF. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 SECTION TWO: THE PROFESSION OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 The Creeds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 CHAPTER ONE: I BELIEVE IN GOD THE FATHER. . . . . . . 54 Article 1: I BELIEVE IN GOD, THE FATHER ALMIGHTY, CREATOR OF HEAVEN AND EARTH . . . . . . 54 Paragraph 1. I Believe in God. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

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“I Believe in One God”. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

II.

God Reveals His Name. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

III.

God, “He Who Is,” Is Truth and Love. . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

IV.

The Implications of Faith in One God. . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 IN BRIEF. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Paragraph 2. The Father. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62

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“In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62

II.

The Revelation of God as Trinity. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

III.

The Holy Trinity in the Teaching of the Faith . . . . . . . . . . 66

IV.

The Divine Works and the Trinitarian Missions. . . . . . . . . 68 IN BRIEF. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Paragraph 3. The Almighty. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 IN BRIEF. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Paragraph 4. The Creator. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73

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Catechesis on Creation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73

II.

Creation—Work of the Holy Trinity. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76

III.

“The World Was Created for the Glory of God”. . . . . . . . . 76

IV.

The Mystery of Creation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77

V.

God Carries out His Plan: Divine Providence. . . . . . . . . . 80 IN BRIEF. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Paragraph 5. Heaven and Earth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85

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The Angels. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85

II.

The Visible World. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 IN BRIEF. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90 Paragraph 6. Man. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91

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“In the Image of God”. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91

II.

“Body and Soul but Truly One”. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92

III.

“Male and Female He Created Them”. . . . . . . . . . . . . 94

IV.

Man in Paradise. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 IN BRIEF. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Paragraph 7. The Fall. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97

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Where Sin Abounded, Grace Abounded All the More. . . . . . 97

II.

The Fall of the Angels. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98

III.

Original Sin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100

IV.

“You Did Not Abandon Him to the Domain of Death”. . . . . 104 IN BRIEF. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104 CHAPTER TWO: I BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST, HIS ONLY SON, OUR LORD. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106 Article 2: AND IN JESUS CHRIST, HIS ONLY SON, OUR LORD. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108

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Jesus. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108