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Covers key foundational concepts

The Magisterium

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Scripture and Tradition
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Purpose

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THE NATURAL DESIRE FOR GOD

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THE HUMAN WILL

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THE HUMAN INTELLECT

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The Trinity is the Central Mystery

We can sum up the three doctrines of the Trinity (person, relationship and unity) as personal loving friendship. Since God IS a personal loving friendship, he wants us to experience all that he is and so each of us are called into this personal loving friendship with him and through him with everyone else. This is THE basis for all things Catholic. Just as we have explored this incredible reality of the Trinity so too will we explore the wonderful interconnectedness of Catholic teaching in all its beauty.

"The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of Christian faith and life. It is the mystery of God in himself. It is therefore the source of all the other mysteries of faith, the light that enlightens them. It is the most fundamental and essential teaching in the "hierarchy of the truths of faith". The whole history of salvation is identical with the history of the way and the means by which the one true God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, reveals himself to men "and reconciles and unites with himself those who turn away from sin"." (CCC 234)

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Person

The Catechism states, “the term "person" ... designates the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in the real distinction among them” (CCC 252) Each divine person is distinct, but not separate and so not individuals. We also can't call them collectively people since they are united as one. Each person is God, whole and entire. Since God is personal, God always relates to us personally, and never as a means. Each doctrine (teaching) of the Trinity reveals something of God's incredible personal love for us. We should always be open to that love every moment of the day.

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Unity

“The Trinity is One. We do not confess three Gods, but one God in three persons, the "consubstantial Trinity". The divine persons do not share the one divinity among themselves but each of them is God whole and entire” (CCC 253) This is the ultimate friendship. Better friends share more of themselves with each other. Each divine person shares all of themselves with each other divine person and so the Trinity is one God. There are various words we can use to designate God's unity, "The Church uses the term "substance" (rendered also at times by "essence" or "nature") to designate the divine being in its unity” (CCC 252). 

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Mystery

“God is mystery” (CCC 206)

We are finite, limited. God is infinite, therefore we can never fully understand God. God will always be a mystery, but a mystery we can know something about. 

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