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Part One

and will extend to his most precious gift: “God so loved the world

that he gave his only Son.”

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God’s love is “everlasting”:

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“For the mountains may

depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not

depart from you.”

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Through Jeremiah, God declares to his people,

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have con-

tinued my faithfulness to you.”

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But St. John goes even further when he affirms that “God

is love”:

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God’s very being is love. By sending his only Son and

the Spirit of Love in the fullness of time, God has revealed his

innermost secret:

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God himself is an eternal exchange of love,

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and he has destined us to share in that

exchange.

IV.

T

he

I

mplications of

F

aith

in

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ne

G

od

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Believing in God, the only One, and loving him with all

our being has enormous consequences for our whole life.

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It means coming to know God’s greatness and majesty

: “Behold,

God is great, and we know him not.”

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Therefore, we must “serve

God first.”

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224

It means living in thanksgiving

: if God is the only One, ev-

erything we are and have comes from him: “What have you that

you did not receive?”

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“What shall I render to the Lord for all his

bounty to me?”

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225

It means knowing the unity and true dignity of all men

: Every-

one is made in the image and likeness of God.

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It means making good use of created things

: faith in God, the

only One, leads us to use everything that is not God only insofar

as it brings us closer to him, and to detach ourselves from it inso-

far as it turns us away from him:

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Jn

3:16; cf.

Hos

11:1;

Isa

49:14-15; 62:4-5;

Ezek

16;

Hos

11.

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Isa

54:8.

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Isa

54:10; cf. 54:8.

43

Jer

31:3.

44

1 Jn

4:8, 16.

45 Cf.

1 Cor

2:7-16;

Eph

3:9-12.

46

Job

36:26.

47 St. Joan of Arc.

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1 Cor

4:7.

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Ps

116:12.

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Gen

1:26.

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851

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400

2637

356, 360

1700, 1934

339, 2402

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