GDC 123: Orientation to God and the Human Person

Let’s discuss under the banner of “The inspiration of the Catechism of the Catholic Church: trinitarian christocentricity and the nobility of the vocation of the human person.”

123. The axis of the Catechism of the Catholic Church is Jesus Christ, “the Way, the Truth and the Life” (Jn 14,6). Centred on him, it is orientated in two directions: toward God and toward the human person.

– The mystery of the Triune God and of his economy of salvation inspires and organizes the internal structure of the Catechism of the Catholic Church in general and in particular. The profession of faith, the liturgy, the morality of the Gospel and prayer in the Catechism of the Catholic Church all have a trinitarian inspiration, which runs through the entire work.(Cf. Catechism 189-190; 1077-1109; 1693-1695; 2564; etc)

– The mystery of the human person is presented throughout the Catechism of the Catholic Church and specifically in some particularly significant chapters: “Man is capable of God”, “The creation of Man”, “The Son of God became Man”, “The vocation of Man and life in the Spirit”… and others. (Cf. Catechism 27-49; 355-379; 456-478; 1699-1756; etc) This doctrine, contemplated in the light of the humanity of Jesus, the perfect man, demonstrates the highest vocation and the ideal of perfection to which every human person is called.

Indeed, the doctrine of the Catechism of the Catholic Church can be distilled into the following remark of the Council: “Jesus Christ, by revealing the mystery of the Father and of his love, fully reveals man to himself and brings to light his most high calling”. (Gaudium et Spes 22a)

If we can forgive the flawed translation, the essence of these two points should be old news to us. As for the emphasis on Christ in the context of the Trinity, we’ve noted and discussed this many times so far in the GDC.

That quote from Vatican II is crucially important, and should probably be more at the forefront of Catholic evangelization and catechesis. We can easily say to the world and to ourselves that “Jesus Christ, by revealing the mystery of the Father and of his love, fully reveals us to ourselves and brings to light our most high calling.” Would that seekers and more believers were served more deeply and readily by the notion that collectively and individually our destiny is to find our best and highest calling.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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