The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) “is a statement of the Church’s faith and of Catholic doctrine, attested to or illuminated by Sacred Scripture, the Apostolic Tradition and the Church’s Magisterium [learn more about Divine Revelation].

It is offered to all the faithful who wish to deepen their knowledge of the unfathomable riches of salvation. It is meant to support ecumenical efforts… [and] lastly, is offered to every individual who asks us to give an account of the hope that is in us and who wants to know what the Catholic Church believes.”

This Catechism of the Catholic Church arranges the material in four parts:

I. Creed

 

The Profession of Faith

The Christian mystery, the object of faith: it is what the Catholic Church believes and is summed up in the Creeds of the Church (The creeds: The Apostles’ Creed and The Nicene Creed) with the Holy Trinity (three persons in one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) as the central mystery of the faith.

II. Sacraments

 

The Celebration of the Christian Mystery

How this Christian mystery is celebrated and communicated in liturgical actions, with pride of place given to the sacraments.

III. Morality

 

Life in Christ

This Christian faith is present to enlighten and sustain the children of God in their actions as explained beginning with the Ten Commandments and more completely by the Beatitudes. What does it mean to be human, to have dignity, and to be free? And what is the right use of our dignity and freedom?

IV. Prayer

 

Christian Prayer

And finally, this faith is the basis for our prayer, the privileged expression of which is the Our Father, and it represents the object of our supplication, our praise and our intercession.

In reading the Catechism of the Catholic Church, we can perceive the wonderful unity of the mystery of God, His saving will, as well as the central place of Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, sent by the Father, made man in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit, to be our Saviour. Having died and risen, Christ is always present in His Church, especially in the sacraments; He is the source of our faith, the model of Christian conduct and the Teacher of our prayer.

May it serve the renewal to which the Holy Spirit ceaselessly calls the Church of God, the Body of Christ, on her pilgrimage to the undiminished light of the Kingdom!

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