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The Mystery of Redemption
This is the first Theology textbook that I have ever had. In This book we have
- The Original State of Man
- The Original Sin
- The Word Became Flesh
- The Paschal Mystery
- The Theological Virtues
1.The Original State of Man
Before the Fall, Adam and Eve possessed a clear awareness of God's presence and enjoyed a profound and loving relationship with him. They were exceedingly happy in the paradise God had created for them and were destined for a blissful life in Heaven.
2. The Original Sin
3. The Word Became Flesh
There are four reason that the Word become flesh
- to make expiation for sins, reconcile man with God, and restore human nature lost by sin.
- to manifest the infinite depth of God's love.
- to offer a model of holiness
- to allow people to share in his divine life.
4. The Paschal Mystery
5.The Theological Virtues
- Faith: elevates the natural intellect and moves the will so a person can assent to the truths supernaturally revealed by God and put those truths into practice.
- Hope: gives the mind and will the power to trust God will give all the means necessary to achieve everlasting life.
- Charity: enables a person to love God above all things and his neighbor as him- or herself with the love of Christ.
The church has identified three expressions of prayer:
- Vocal Prayer: This is simple conversation with God using traditional prayers such as the Lord's Prayer, the Hail Mary, or using one's own words.
- Meditative: prayer: This is prayer of understanding that involves dwelling on some element of divine wisdom found in Scared Scripture , Sacred Tradition, or a spiritual writing in order to discern God's will and apple it to one's life.
- Contemplative prayer: This is prayer that consists in abiding and resting in God's presence.
The Church Sacrament of Salvation
- The Four Marks of the Church
- The Last Things
1.The Four Marks of the Church
- The Church Is One: Of these four characteristics, the first - that the Church is One - is of foundational importance for understanding the other three. The reason that we say the Church is one is because we are acknowledging the uniqueness and singularity of the Church, and The Church founded by Christ is One and unique because of her origin.
- The Church is Holy: The second mark of the Church is her holiness, which she receives from Christ her founder through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. As with her unity, the Church's holiness comes solely from God.Christ sanctifies the Church and fills her with his grace so completely that she becomes sanctifying herself.
- The Church is Catholic: Today, the word "Catholic" is typically used as a denominational term, much like "Baptist" or "Lutheran," referring to a specific, limited group of Christians. The Church is said to be Catholic in two ways. From the day of Pentecost, Christ's Holy Spirit has empowered the Apostles and their successors to proclaim the saving truth of the Gospel to the entire human race.
- The Church is Apostolic: The fourth mark of the Church is that she is Apostolic. This mark relates primarily to Christ's selection of the Twelve Apostles as the foundation of his Church. He chose these twelve men to be witnesses to his Resurrection, sent out as his ambassadors to the entire world.
2.The Last Things
- Death: Death puts an end to human life as the time open to either accepting or rejecting the divine grace manifested in Christ.
- Judgement: The New Testament speaks of the judgment mainly from the perspective of a final meeting with Christ when he comes again. But we also find in many places within Sacred Scripture references to the retribution immediately after each one's death as a consequence of one's faith and deeds.
- Heaven: Heaven is the state of everlasting life in which we see God, become like him in glory, and enjoy eternal happiness. All souls in Heaven are in the light of glory and have an immediate vision of God.
- Hell: We cannot be united to God unless we freely choose to love him. We cannot love God if we sin grievously against him, our neighbor, or our own selves.