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500 • Conclusion and Appendices

life-giving power of the Holy Spirit. In the first part of this

United States

Catholic Catechism for Adults

, we have studied the summary of faith in

the Apostles’ Creed and have learned how the Gospel of Jesus Christ is

transmitted faithfully from generation to generation, continuing to be

heard by countless believers in a way that leads them to an ever greater

understanding of God’s love and their destiny.

God continues to be present in his Church as her members are

brought together by the Holy Spirit to celebrate the Seven Sacraments,

most especially the Eucharist. In Part Two of this


, we have

learned how Jesus Christ continues to endow his people with his gifts of

salvation. Through Baptism, he makes them children of the Father, his

disciples, and members of the Church. Through Confirmation, he deep-

ens within them the presence of the Holy Spirit. Through the sacrifice

of the Eucharist, he nourishes them with his Body and Blood. Through

Penance and Reconciliation, he brings them from sin to grace. Through

the Anointing of the Sick, he helps them bear—and sometimes lifts from

them—the burdens of serious illness. Through Marriage, he reveals the

absoluteness of love and its life-giving creativity. Through Holy Orders,

he establishes bishops, priests, and deacons to ensure his continuous

shepherding of the Church.

God continues to be present in the Church as her members strive

to live according to the example and teaching of Jesus Christ. In Part

Three of this


, we have learned how the Beatitudes and the

Ten Commandments guide the consciences and lives of the members of

the Church so that they make alive, in the midst of humanity, the power

of God’s love to transform society by the wisdom, compassion, justice,

and fidelity that flow from God himself. The Holy Spirit is the dynamic

presence of God, enabling the members of the Church to live a truly

Christian life.

God continues to be present in the Church as her members contem-

plate the great things God has done through his Son by the power of the

Holy Spirit for the salvation of all people. In Part Four of this



we have learned about the significance of prayer and popular piety as

ways in which the members of the Church continue to encounter the

living God within their own hearts and within their own communities.