See the daily excerpt from the preparatory catechesis for the 2015 World Meeting of Families, “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.”
13. The “image of God” phrase comes from Genesis. (Gen 1:26- 27, 5:1, and 9:6) It suggests that each individual person is precious, with unique and irreducible dignity. We might abuse or use other people or ourselves, but we cannot erase this truth of how God has created us. Our basic dignity is not contingent on our failures or achievements. The goodness of God and his love for us is prior to, and far more basic than, any human sin. The image of God abides in us, no matter what we do to obscure it. Having been created in the image of God suggests that our true joy and fulfillment lie in knowing, loving, and serving one another as God does.
In its introduction, the document says its aim is to present “Catholic teaching in a way that is fresh, insightful, and accessible to contemporary Catholics and all people of good will.” The catechesis “offers a narrative beginning with our creation, soberly noting our fall and the challenges we face, but emphasizing God’s plan for our salvation. Love is our mission, and it is by loving God and one another that we will be fully alive.”
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