Catechism of the Catholic Church

20 Part One St. Irenaeus of Lyons repeatedly speaks of this divine peda- gogy using the image of God and man becoming accus- tomed to one another: The Word of God dwelt in man and became the Son of man in order to accustomman to perceive God and to accustom God to dwell in man, according to the Father’s pleasure. 5 II. T he S tages of R evelation In the beginning God makes himself known 54 “God, who creates and conserves all things by his Word, provides men with constant evidence of himself in created realities. And furthermore, wishing to open up the way to heavenly salva- tion, he manifested himself to our first parents from the very be- ginning.” 6 He invited them to intimate communion with himself and clothed them with resplendent grace and justice. 55 This revelation was not broken off by our first parents’ sin. “After the fall, [God] buoyed them up with the hope of salvation, by promising redemption; and he has never ceased to show his solicitude for the human race. For he wishes to give eternal life to all those who seek salvation by patience in well-doing.” 7 And when through disobedience he had lost your friend- ship, you did not abandon him to the domain of death. . . .​ Time and again you offered them covenants. 8 The Covenant with Noah 56 After the unity of the human race was shattered by sin God at once sought to save humanity part by part. The covenant with Noah after the flood gives expression to the principle of the divine economy toward the “nations,” in other words, toward men grouped “in their lands, each with [its] own language, by their families, in their nations.” 9 57 This state of division into many nations is at once cosmic, social, and religious. It is intended to limit the pride of fallen humanity, 10 united only in its perverse ambition to forge its own 5 St. Irenaeus, Adv. haeres. 3, 20, 2: PG 7/1, 944; cf. 3, 17, 1; 4, 12, 4; 4, 21, 3. 6 DV 3; cf. Jn 1:3; Rom 1:19-20. 7 DV 3; cf. Gen 3:15; Rom 2:6-7. 8 Roman Missal, Eucharistic Prayer IV, 117. 9 Gen 10:5; cf. 9:9-10, 16; 10:20-31. 10 Cf. Acts 17:26-27. 32 374 397, 410 761 401 1219