The Compendium

The Compendium is a faithful and sure synthesis of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It is not a work that stands alone, nor is it intended in any way to replace the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It is meant to reawaken interest in and enthusiasm for the Catechism, which always remains the basic text for catechesis in the Church today. The Compendium contains, in concise form, all the essential and fundamental elements of the Church’s faith, thus constituting a kind of authoritative handbook (vademecum) which allows believers and non-believers alike to behold the entire panorama of the Catholic faith.
- Pope Benedict XVI

Man's Capacity for God

Question 1: What is the plan of God for man?

God, infinitely perfect and blessed in himself, in a plan of sheer goodness freely created man to make him share in his own blessed life. In the fullness of time, God the Father sent his Son as Redeemer and Savior of mankind, fallen into sin, thus calling all into his Church and, through the work of the Holy Spirit, making them adopted children and heirs of his eternal happiness.

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