nations.23 Above all, the poor and humble of the Lord will bear 489 this hope. Such holy women as Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, Miriam, Deborah, Hannah, Judith and Esther kept alive the hope of Israel’s salvation. The purest figure among them is Mary.24

III. Christ Jesus — ‘Mediator and Fullness of All Revelation’25 God has said everything in his Word

6~ ‘In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son.~26 Christ, the Son of God made man, is the Father’s one, perfect and


unsurpassable Word. In him he has said everything; there will be

no other word than this one. St John of the Cross, among others, commented strikingly on Hebrews 1:1-2: In giving us his Son, his only Word (for he possesses no other), he spoke everything to us at once in this sole Word — and he has no more to say... because what he spoke before to the prophets in parts, he has now spoken 5i6 all at once by giving us the All Who is His Son. Any person questioning God or desiring some vision or revelation would be guilty not only of
foolish behaviour but also of offending him, by not fixing his eyes


entirely upon Christ and by living with the desire for some other


There will be no further Revelation

66 ‘The Christian economy, therefore, since it is the new and definitive Covenant, will never pass away; and no new public revelation is to be expected before the glorious manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ.~28 Yet even if Revelation is already complete, it has not been made completely explicit; it remains for


Christian faith gradually to grasp its full significance over the

course of the centuries. 67 Throughout the ages, there have been so—called ‘private’ revelations, some of which have been recognized by the authority of the Church. They do not
84 belong, however, to the deposit of faith. It is not their role to improve or