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379 This entire harmony of original justice, foreseen for man in God’s plan, will be lost by the sin of our first parents.


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380 ‘Father,.., you formed man in your own likeness and set him over the whole world to serve you, his creator, and to rule over all creatures’ (Roman Missal, EP IV, 118).

381 Man is predestined to reproduce the image of God’s Son made man, the ‘image of the invisible God’ (Col 1:15), so that Christ shall be the first-born of a multitude of brothers and sisters (cf Eph 1:3—6; Rom 8:29).

382 ‘Man, though made of body and soul, is a unity’ (GS 14 § i). The doctrine of the faith affirms that the spiritual and immortal soul is created immediately by God.

383 ‘God did not create man a solitary being. From the beginning, “male and female he created them” (Gen 1:27). This partnership of man and woman constitutes the first form of communion between persons’ (GS 12

384 Revelation makes known to us the state of original holiness andjustice of man and woman before sin:from theirfriendship with God flowed the happiness of their existence in paradise.


Paragraph 7. The Fall

385 God is infinitely good and all his works are good. Yet no one can escape the experience of suffering or the evils in nature which seem to be linked to the limitations proper to creatures: and above all to the question of moral evil. Where does evil come from? ‘I
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sought whence evil comes and there was no solution’, said St
Augustine,257 and his own painful quest would only be resolved by his conversion to the living God. For ‘the mystery of lawlessness’ is clarified only in the light of the ‘mystery of our reli— gion~.258 The revelation of divine love in Christ manifested at the
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same time the extent of evil and the superabundance of grace.259
We must therefore approach the question of the origin of evil by
5~g fixing the eyes of our faith on him who alone is its conqueror.260