Catechism of the Catholic Church

96 Part One 377 The “mastery” over the world that God offered man from the beginning was realized above all within man himself: mastery of self. The first man was unimpaired and ordered in his whole being because he was free from the triple concupiscence 254 that subjugates him to the pleasures of the senses, covetousness for earthly goods, and self-assertion, contrary to the dictates of reason. 378 The sign of man’s familiarity with God is that God places him in the garden. 255 There he lives “to till it and keep it.” Work is not yet a burden, 256 but rather the collaboration of man andwoman with God in perfecting the visible creation. 379 This entire harmony of original justice, foreseen for man in God’s plan, will be lost by the sin of our first parents. IN BRIEF 380 “Father most holy, . . . [y]ou formed man in your own image and entrusted the whole world to his care, so that in serving you alone, the Creator, he might have dominion over all creatures” ( Roman Missal, EP IV 117). 381 Man is predestined to reproduce the image of God’s Son made man, the “image of the invisible God” ( Col 1:15), so that Christ shall be the first-born of a multi- tude of brothers and sisters (cf. Eph 1:3-6; Rom 8:29). 382 “Man, though made of body and soul, is a unity” ( GS 14 § 1). The doctrine of the faith affirms that the spir- itual and immortal soul is created immediately by God. 383 “God did not create man a solitary being. From the beginning, ‘male and female he created them’ ( Gen 1:27). This partnership of man andwoman constitutes the first form of communion between persons” ( GS 12 § 4). 384 Revelation makes known to us the state of original holiness and justice of man and woman before sin: from their friendship with God flowed the happiness of their existence in paradise. 254 Cf. 1 Jn 2:16. 255 Cf. Gen 2:8. 256 Gen 2:15; cf. 3:17-19. 2514 2415 2427