Skip to comments.Fragments of Catholic Truth: Jesus Christ: How is he true God and true man?
Posted on 12/06/2012 5:35:07 PM PST by Salvation
What are the sources or inspiration for these subjects?Basically they are inspired by the documents of the Holy See, and in particular by the Catechism of the Catholic Church and its Compendium. This was a deliberate choice so as to create an awareness of the vast richness, completeness and beauty of these documents which are, in some circles, hardly known at all. In this way, it is possible to present the essential and fundamental contents of the faith which are professed, not just by the individual Catholic, but by the Catholic Church throughout the world as it adheres to the Magisterium of the Pope and the bishops. It is this teaching that was willed by Christ himself in order to confirm the faith of individual believers, so that, through the centuries and in various different parts of the world, everyone should profess the one true Catholic and Apostolic Faith.
Why are the topics treated in this work presented in a dialogical way?From an editorial point of view, the arguments are presented in a dialogical manner, that is to say with questions, each of which is followed by a brief response. This dialogical format, while inviting us to continue reading, is born of and remains faithful to a constant and noble catechetical tradition in the history of the Church. It is well known that many catechisms responsible for the faith formation of entire generations used and in a very fruitful way this kind of pedagogical tool. It should not be forgotten that the same Christian faith, a special gift of God, can itself also be described as a continuous dialogue between God with man, and between man and God.
I am also convinced that this approach can help to meet the needs of the todays world, which certainly has an appetite for interviews of a journalistic type, let alone a taste for synthetic sound bites and catchphrases. This may be due in part to the fact that many people nowadays have little time and, even though they say they are Catholics, need to deepen their faith. This lack of time, unfortunately, often leads to religious ignorance, which in turn, results in a widespread relativism, an arbitrary subjectivism and, last but not least, an impressive reduction in mnemonic capacity regarding the contents of faith. This is not only the case in children and young people but also in adults, both in their catechetical journey and in their various and demanding activities and profession.
Why was the sub-title Fragments of Catholic Truth chosen?
The word Fragments was inserted as a sub-title in order to underline the fact that only some of the contents which form the rich and mysterious tapestry of the Catholic Faith, as well some of the challenges that grip the present world, were being presented in this volume. At the same time I would like to stress that, in dealing with each single topic, I do not intend to present all its aspects and contents. For this reason I do not wish due to a lack of space and time to give each subject a comprehensive and complete treatment but merely to offer some suggestions, fragments of reflections.
What is the purpose of this work?It is hoped that it may help people to know the beauty and the importance of the Christian faith that is offered to all in a better way by discussing certain of the issues that characterize our society at this point in time.
For this reason it is aimed at Christians in order to give them the opportunity to know and to deepen certain contents of their faith, and to every person who wishes to know what the Catholic Church, through some of her official documents, believes and lives, with the Lords help.
Rome, 8 April 2009
Anniversary of my ordination to the priesthood
of the Basilica of Saints Ambrose and Charles in Rome
Monsignor Raffaello Martinelli
In what way is Jesus Christ true God and true man? He is true God and true man in a unique and singular way.
How does this mysterious union take place in the Incarnation? "Everything that Christ is and does in this nature derives from "one of the Trinity". The Son of God, therefore, communicates to his humanity his own personal mode of existence in the Trinity. In his soul as in his body, Christ thus expresses humanly the divine ways of the Trinity" ( CCC, 470). His own body is a truly human body by which the "invisible Word was made visible in flesh like ours" (Preface of Christmas, II: Roman Missal). "The Son of God [...] worked with human hands, He thought with a human mind, acted by human choice and loved with a human heart. Born of the Virgin Mary, He has truly been made one of us, like us in all things except sin"(GS 22). (CCC, 470).
How did Jesus Christ come to the knowledge that that he was God and man? "But at the same time, this truly human knowledge of God's Son expressed the divine life of his person" (CCC, 473). "The Son of God knew all things; he knew this through the very humanity that he assumed, not by its human nature but because of the fact that this humanity was united with the Word" (Saint Maximus the Confessor, Quaestiones et dubia, Q. I, 67). In a parallel way "Jesus had a divine will and a human will. In his earthly life the Son of God humanly willed all that he had divinely decided with the Father and the Holy Spirit for our salvation. The human will of Christ followed without opposition or reluctance the divine will or, in other words, it was subject to it" (Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 91).
Is the motherhood of the Virgin Mary also a sign of this marvellous union of the divine and human in Christ? Certainly it is.
"In fact, the One whom she conceived as man by the Holy Spirit, who truly became her Son according to the flesh, was none other than the Father's eternal Son, the second person of the Holy Trinity. Hence the Church confesses that Mary is truly Mother of God (CCC, 495).
&This is also the significance of the virginal conception of Jesus: "Jesus was conceived in the womb of the Virgin solely by the power of the Holy Spirit without the intervention of a man. He is the Son of the heavenly Father according to his divine nature and the Son of Mary according to his human nature. He is, however, truly the Son of God in both natures since there is in him only one Person who is divine" (Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 98).
How does Christ's paschal mystery show the marvellous unity of his humanity and divinity?
In what sense does the Church, in its visible and spiritual aspects, find its justification in its founder being true God and true man?
In what way does the marvellous union of Christ's divine and human natures form the basis of the whole sacramental economy of the Church?
How is the Christian's moral life a life in Christ, God and man? The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains this in various ways:
Does the prayer offered by the Christian have the same basis in Jesus Christ who is God and Man? Certainly it does. In fact:
of the Basilica of Saints Ambrose and Charles, Rome
Monsignor Raffaello Martinelli
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