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Part One

377

The “mastery” over the world that God offered man from

the beginning was realized above all within man himself:

mastery

of self.

The first man was unimpaired and ordered in his whole

being because he was free from the triple concupiscence

254

that

subjugates him to the pleasures of the senses, covetousness for

earthly goods, and self-assertion, contrary to the dictates of reason.

378

The sign of man’s familiarity with God is that God places

him in the garden.

255

There he lives “to till it and keep it.” Work is

not yet a burden,

256

but rather the collaboration of man andwoman

with God in perfecting the visible creation.

379

This entire harmony of original justice, foreseen for man

in God’s plan, will be lost by the sin of our first parents.

IN BRIEF

380

“Father most holy, . . . [y]ou formed man in your own

image and entrusted the whole world to his care, so

that in serving you alone, the Creator, he might have

dominion over all creatures” (

Roman Missal,

EP IV

117).

381

Man is predestined to reproduce the image of God’s

Son made man, the “image of the invisible God” (

Col

1:15), so that Christ shall be the first-born of a multi-

tude of brothers and sisters (cf.

Eph

1:3-6;

Rom

8:29).

382

“Man, though made of body and soul, is a unity” (

GS

14 § 1). The doctrine of the faith affirms that the spir-

itual and immortal soul is created immediately by

God.

383

“God did not create man a solitary being. From the

beginning, ‘male and female he created them’ (

Gen

1:27).

This partnership of man andwoman constitutes the first

form of communion between persons” (

GS

12 § 4).

384

Revelation makes known to us the state of original

holiness and justice of man and woman before sin:

from their friendship with God flowed the happiness

of their existence in paradise.

254 Cf.

1 Jn

2:16.

255 Cf.

Gen

2:8.

256

Gen

2:15; cf. 3:17-19.

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