This page archives the posts summarizing the Catechism’s presentation of the Catholic faith.
But first, this beautiful passage about the creed from Pope Francis’ encyclical Lumen Fidei (“Light of Faith”), emphasizing that the truths of the faith are oriented toward our relationship with God:
The creed does not only involve giving one’s assent to a body of abstract truths; rather, when it is recited the whole of life is drawn into a journey towards full communion with the living God. We can say that in the creed believers are invited to enter into the mystery which they profess and to be transformed by it.
To understand what this means, let us look first at the contents of the creed. It has a trinitarian structure: the Father and the Son are united in the Spirit of love. The believer thus states that the core of all being, the inmost secret of all reality, is the divine communion.
The creed also contains a christological confession: it takes us through all the mysteries of Christ’s life up to his death, resurrection and ascension into heaven before his final return in glory. It tells us that this God of communion, reciprocal love between the Father and the Son in the Spirit, is capable of embracing all of human history and drawing it into the dynamic unity of the Godhead, which has its source and fulfillment in the Father.
The believer who professes his or her faith is taken up, as it were, into the truth being professed. He or she cannot truthfully recite the words of the creed without being changed, without becoming part of that history of love which embraces us and expands our being, making it part of a great fellowship, the ultimate subject which recites the creed, namely, the Church. All the truths in which we believe point to the mystery of the new life of faith as a journey of communion with the living God.
Lumen Fidei, 45
And now for the posts:
- Truths of Faith in the Creeds
- Attributes of God
- The Holy Trinity
- Angels and Demons
- Dignity of the Human Person
- The Fall
- Divine Providence
- The Person of Jesus Christ
- The Blessed Virgin Mary
- Jesus’ Early Life
- Jesus Proclaims the Kingdom of God
- Jesus and Israel
- Jesus’ Passion and Death
- Resurrection of the Lord
- Ascension of the Lord
- The Holy Spirit and Pentecost
- The Church in God’s Plan
- Four Marks of the Church
- The Gift of Ecclesial Ministry
- The Mission of the Lay Faithful
- Consecrated Life as a Sign
- Communion of Saints
- Death and Particular Judgment
- Heaven and Hell
- Resurrection and Last Judgment