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Chapter 2. God Comes to Meet Us • 15

been revealed. What are called

private revelations

, that is, messages such

as those given by the Blessed Virgin Mary at Lourdes and Fatima, add

nothing to what was publicly revealed up and through Christ but can

help inspire a more profound commitment to what has been revealed

through public Revelation.


The split between the Gospel and culture is without a

doubt the drama of our time.

—Pope Paul VI,

On Evangelization in the Modern World


Evangelii Nuntiandi

), no. 20

1. How does God freely reveal himself?

This he does by revealing the mystery, his plan of loving

goodness, formed from all eternity in Christ, for the ben-

efit of all men. God has fully revealed this plan by sending

us his beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy

Spirit. (CCC, no. 50)

2. What response to Revelation did God plan for

men and women?

By revealing himself, God wishes to make them capable

of responding to him, and of knowing him, and of loving

him far beyond their own natural capacity. (CCC, no. 52)

3. If Revelation is complete, what is the next step?

Even if Revelation is already complete, it has not been

made completely explicit; it remains for Christian faith

gradually to grasp its full significance over the course of

the centuries. (CCC, no. 66)