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The Profession of Faith

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My Lord and my God, take from me everything that dis-

tances me from you.

My Lord and my God, give me everything that brings me

closer to you.

My Lord and my God, detach me from myself to give my

all to you.

51

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It means trusting God in every circumstance,

even in adver-

sity. Aprayer of St. Teresa of Jesus wonderfully expresses this trust:

Let nothing trouble you / Let nothing frighten you

Everything passes / God never changes

Patience / Obtains all

Whoever has God / Wants for nothing

God alone is enough.

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IN BRIEF

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“Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God is one LORD . . .”

(

Deut

6:4;

Mk

12:29). “The supreme being must be

unique, without equal . . . . If God is not one, he is not

God” (Tertullian,

Adv. Marc.,

1, 3, 5: PL 2, 274).

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Faith in God leads us to turn to him alone as our first

origin and our ultimate goal, and neither to prefer

anything to him nor to substitute anything for him.

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Evenwhen he reveals himself, God remains a mystery

beyond words: “If you understood him, it would not

be God” (St. Augustine,

Sermo

52, 6, 16: PL 38:360 and

Sermo

117, 3,5: PL 38, 663).

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The God of our faith has revealed himself as He who

is; and he has made himself known as “abounding in

steadfast love and faithfulness” (

Ex

34:6). God’s very

being is Truth and Love.

51 St. Nicholas of Flüe; cf.

Mt

5:29-30; 16:24-26.

52 St. Teresa of Jesus,

Poesías

30, in

The Collected Works of St. Teresa of Avila,

vol. III, tr. by K. Kavanaugh, OCD, and O. Rodriguez, OCD (Washington

DC: Institute of Carmelite Studies, 1985), 386 no. 9, tr. by John Wall.

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