On-Going Instruction in the Principles of Christianity
THE CREDO OF THE PEOPLE OF GOD OF POPE ST. PAUL VI
(The SOLEMN PROFESSION OF FAITH - 27 thru 30)
- WE CONFESS THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD BEGUN HERE BELOW IN THE CHURCH OF CHRIST IS NOT OF THIS WORLD WHOSE FORM IS PASSING, and that its proper growth cannot be confounded with the progress of civilization, of science, or of human technology, but that it consists in an ever more profound knowledge of the unfathomable riches of Christ, an ever stronger hope in eternal blessings, an ever more ardent response to the Love of God, and an ever more generous bestowal of grace and holiness among men. But this is the same love which induces the Church to concern herself constantly about the true temporal welfare of men. Without ceasing to recall to her children that they have not here a lasting dwelling, she also urges them to contribute, each according to his vocation and his means, to the welfare of their earthly city, to promote justice, peace and brotherhood among men, to give their aid freely to their brothers, especially to the poorest and most unfortunate. The deep solicitude of the Church, the spouse of Christ, for the needs of men, for their joys and hopes, their griefs and efforts, is therefore nothing other than her great desire to be present to them, in order to illuminate them with the light of Christ and to gather them all in Him, their only Savior. This solicitude can never mean that the Church conform herself to the things of this world, or that she lesson the ardor of her expectation of her Lord and of the eternal Kingdom.
- WE BELIEVE IN THE LIFE ETERNAL. We believe that the souls of all those who die in the grace of Christ, whether they must still be purified in Purgatory, or whether from the moment they leave their bodies Jesus takes them to Paradise as He did for the Good Thief, are the People of God in the eternity beyond death, which will be finally conquered on the day of the Resurrection when these souls will be reunited with their bodies.
- WE BELIEVE THAT THE MULTITUDE OF THOSE GATHERED AROUND JESUS AND MARY IN PARADISE FORMS THE CHURCH OF HEAVEN, where in eternal beatitude they see God as He is, and where they also, in different degrees, are associated with the holy angels in the divine rule exercised by Christ in glory, interceding for us and helping our weakness by their brotherly care.
- WE BELIEVE IN THE COMMUNION OF ALL THE FAITHFUL OF CHRIST. Those who are pilgrims on earth, the dead who are attaining their purification, and the blessed in heaven, all together forming one Church; and we believe that in this communion the merciful love of God and His saints is ever listening to our prayers, as Jesus told us: Ask and you will receive. Thus it is with faith and in hope that we look forward to the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Blessed be God Thrice Holy. Amen.
Pronounced in front of the Basilica of St. Peter on June 30th, 1968, the sixth year of Our Pontificate.
(Pope Saint Paul VI, reigned 1964-1978)
Raised to the Altars October 14th, 2018