GDC 38: “Revelation: deeds and words”

Pardon the delay in posting today’s section from the GDC:

38. God, in his greatness, uses a pedagogy (82) to reveal himself to the human person: he uses human events and words to communicate his plan; he does so progressively and in stages,(83) so as to draw even closer to (people). God, in fact, operates in such a manner that (humankind) comes to knowledge of his salvific plan by means of the events of salvation history and the inspired words which accompany and explain them.

“This economy of Revelation is realized by deeds and words, which are intrinsically bound up with each other. As a result,

– the works performed by God in the history of Salvation show forth and bear out the doctrine and realities signified by the words,

– the words, for their part, proclaim the works, and bring to light the mystery they contain”.(84)


(82) Cf. St Irenaeus of Lyons, “Adversus haereses” III, 20, 2. Sources Chrétiennes, Collectio, Paris 1946 ff 211, 389-393. Dei Verbum 15; Catechesi Tradendae 58; Christifedeles Laici 61; Catechism 53 and 122; and also Part III, chap. 1.

(83) Catechism 54-64.

(84) Dei Verbum 2.

For people who look to supernatural manifestations on Earth, this section might disappoint. God is certainly able, subtle, and powerful enough to use ordinary human events to communicate: events, the words that describe them. The music that communicates them, and sometimes, a deeper meaning, too.


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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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