Church Documents

This page is dedicated to various Church documents and writings contained in its teaching magisterium.

A good, opening quotation is one that portrays God the Father in the inner life of the Trinity, relevant to our sharing in that life.

The God Who Speaks 

“The novelty of biblical revelation consists in the fact that God becomes known through the dialogue which he desires to have with us. The Dogmatic Constitution Dei Verbum had expressed this by acknowledging that the unseen God, ‘from the fullness of his love, addresses men and women as his friends, and lives among them, in order to invite and receive them into his own company.’  Yet we would not yet sufficiently grasp the message of the Prologue of Saint John if we stopped at the fact that God enters into loving communion with us. In reality, the Word of God, through whom ‘all things were made’ (Jn 1:3) and who “became flesh” (Jn 1:14), is the same Word who is ‘in the beginning’ (Jn 1:1). If we realized that this is an allusion to the beginning of the book of Genesis (cf. Gen 1:1), we would find ourselves confronted with a beginning that is absolute, and that speaks to us of the inner life of God.

God makes himself known to us as a mystery of  infinite love, in which the Almighty Father eternally utters his Word in the Holy Spirit. Consequently the Word, who from the beginning is with God and is God, reveals God himself in the dialogue of love between the divine Persons, and invites us to share in that love. Created in the image and likeness of the God who is love, we can thus understand ourselves only in accepting the Word and in docility to the work of the Holy Spirit. In the light of the revelation made by God’s Word, the enigma of the human condition is definitively clarified.” (Verbum Domini: Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation; 2010, Sept.)