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62 • Part I. The Creed: The Faith Professed

• The mystery of the Holy Trinity is the central mystery of the Christian

faith and life. God alone reveals himself as Father, Son, and Holy


• Jesus revealed God as


in a new sense. God is Father in rela-

tion to his only Son. The Son is divine, as is the Father. The Father

testified to the unique relationship of Jesus to him as his Son at

the baptism in the Jordan and at the Transfiguration: “This is my

beloved Son” (Mt 3:17, 17:5).

• Before the Passion, Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit as teacher,

guide, and consoler. The revelation of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost

and in the rest of the New Testament testify to his divinity.

• We do not speak of three gods in the Trinity, but of one God. Father,

Son, and Spirit are not three modes of God, but three distinct Persons

who are the same divine being. They are also in relation to each

other, for all three Persons work together in the works of creation,

Redemption, and sanctification.

• God is almighty. The Church often addresses God as almighty,

believing that nothing is impossible with him. He shows almighty

power by converting us from our sins and by restoring us to grace.

• For some, the presence of evil in the world raises questions.

However, God sheds some light of understanding on the mystery

of evil through the death and Resurrection of his Son. Faith in the

Resurrection gives us hope. Full understanding will come only in

eternal life.

• God alone created the universe freely and without any help. No

creature can create or call into being something or someone “out of

nothing,” as he did.

• God created the world to show forth and share divine glory. We are

called to share in his truth, goodness, and beauty.

• God keeps the world in existence by the power of the Son and by the

Holy Spirit as giver of life. Through Divine Providence God guides

all creatures with wisdom and love to their final goal.

• Angels are spiritual creatures who glorify God and work for our sal-

vation. The Church venerates angels who help her on the pilgrimage

to God and protect every human being.

• Some angels turned against God and were driven from his presence.

Led by Satan and followers, called devils, they tempt us to evil.