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Posted on 07/15/2002 9:48:49 PM PDT by JMJ333
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Yet not that this Trinity was born of the Virgin Mary, and crucified under Pontius Pilate, and roseburied,, again the third day, and ascended into heaven, but only the Son. Nor, again, that this Trinity descended in the form of a dove upon Jesus when He was baptized; nor that, on the day of Pentecost, after the ascension of the Lord, when there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind,' the same Trinity sat upon each of them with cloven tongues like as of fire,' but only the Holy Spirit. Nor yet that this Trinity said from heaven, Thou art my Son,' whether when He was baptized by John, or when the three disciples were with Him in the mount, or when the voice sounded, saying, I have both glorified it,and will glorify it again;' but that it was a word of the Father only, spoken to the Son; although the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, as they are indivisible, so work indivisibly. This is also my faith, since it is the Catholic faith." Augustine,On the Trinity,I:4,7(A.D. 416)
How blessed we are!
What a lovely thread, thank you!
I believe in God the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary
Under Pontius Pilate He was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,
begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation, he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit he was born of the Virgin Mary, and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered died and was buried.
On the third day he rose again in fulfillment of the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.
ENDNOTES 1 DV 2; cf. Col 1:15; I Tim 1:17; Ex 33:11; Jn 15:14-15; Bar 3:38 (Vulg.). 2 Cf. DV 5. 3 Cf. Rom 1:5; 16:26. 4 Heb 11:8; cf. Gen 12:1-4. 5 Cf. Gen 23:4. 6 Cf. Heb 11:17. 7 Heb 11:1. 8 Rom 4:3; cf. Gen 15:6. 9 Rom 4:11, 18; 4:20; cf. Gen 15:5. 10 Heb 11:2, 39. 11 Heb 11:40; 12:2. 12 Lk 1:37-38; cf. Gen 18:14. 13 Lk 1:45. 14 Cf. Lk 1:48. 15 Cf. Lk 2:35. 16 2 Tim 1:12. 17 Cf. Jer 17:5-6; Pss 40:5; 146:3-4. 18 Mk 1:11; cf. 9:7 19 Jn 14:1. 20 Jn 1:18. 21 Jn 6:46; cf. Mt 11:27. 22 I Cor 12:3. 23 I Cor 2:10-11. 24 Mt 16:17; cf. Gal 1:15; Mt 11:25. 25 DV 5; cf. DS 377; 3010. 26 Dei Filius: 3: DS 3008. 27 St. Thomas Aquinas, STh II-II, 2, 9; cf Dei Filius 3; DS 3010. 28 Dei Filius: 3 DS 3008. 29 Dei Filius: 3 DS 3009. 30 Dei Filius: 3: DS 3008-3010; Cf. Mk 16 20; Heb 2:4. 31 St. Thomas Aquinas, STh II-II 171, 5, obj. 3. 32 John Henry Cardinal Newman, Apologia pro vita sua (London Longman, 1878) 239. 33 St. Anselm, Prosl. prooem. PL 153 225A. 34 Eph 1:18. 35 DV 5. 36 St. Augustine, Sermo 43, 7, 9: PL 38, 257-258. 37 Dei Filius 4: DS 3017. 38 GS 36 # 1. 39 DH 10; cf. CIC, can. 748 # 2. 40 DH 11. 41 DH 11; cf. Jn 18:37; 12:32. 42 Cf. Mk 16:16; Jn 3:36; 6:40 et al. 43 Dei Filius 3: DS 3012; cf. Mt 10:22; 24: 13 and Heb 11:6; Council of Trent: DS 1532. 44 1 Tim 1:18-19. 45 Cf. Mk 9:24; Lk 17:5; 22:32 46 Gal 5:6; Rom 15:13; cf. Jas 2:14-26. 47 1 Cor 13:12; I Jn 3:2. 48 St. Basil De Spiritu Sancto 15, 36: PG 32, 132; cf. St. Thomas Aquinas, STh II-II, 4, 1. 49 2 Cor 5:7. 50 l Cor 13:12. 51 Rom 4:18. 52 LG 58; John Paul II, RMat 18. 53 Heb 12:1-2. Article 2 54 Roman Ritual, Rite of Baptism of Adults. 55 Faustus of Riez, De Spiritu Sancto 1, 2: PL 62, II. 56 St. Thomas Aquinas, STh II-II, 1,2, ad 2. 57 I Tim 3:15; Jude 3. 58 Cf. Eph 4:4-6. 59 St. Irenaeus, Adv. haeres. I, 10, 1-2: PG 7/1, 549-552. 60 St. Irenaeus, Adv. haeres. I, 10, 1-2: PG 7/1, 552-553. 61 St. Irenaeus, Adv. haeres. 5, 20, I: PG 7/2, 1177. 62 St. Irenaeus, Adv. haeres. 3, 24, I: PG 7/1, 966.
150 Faith is first of all a personal adherence of man to God. At the same time, and inseparably, it is a free assent to the whole truth that God has revealed. As personal adherence to God and assent to his truth, Christian faith differs from our faith in any human person. It is right and just to entrust oneself wholly to God and to believe absolutely what he says. It would be futile and false to place such faith in a creature.
151 For a Christian, believing in God cannot be separated from believing in the One he sent, his "beloved Son", in whom the Father is "well pleased"; God tells us to listen to him. The Lord himself said to his disciples: "Believe in God, believe also in me." We can believe in Jesus Christ because he is himself God, the Word made flesh: "No one has ever seen God; the only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has made him known." Because he "has seen the Father", Jesus Christ is the only one who knows him and can reveal him.
152 One cannot believe in Jesus Christ without sharing in his Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who reveals to men who Jesus is. For "no one can say "Jesus is Lord", except by the Holy Spirit", who "searches everything, even the depths of God. . No one comprehends the thoughts of God, except the Spirit of God." Only God knows God completely: we believe in the Holy Spirit because he is God.
The Church never ceases to proclaim her faith in one only God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
21 Jn 6:46; cf. Mt 11:27.
22 I Cor 12:3.
23 I Cor 2:10-11.
And the early Christians were quick to recognize heresies. Anyone that taught the contradiction the historic faith of the Church, was quickly excommunicated.
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