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26. Christ as Mediator

1. Scripture says (I Tim. 2:5): "There is . . . onemediator of God and man, the man Christ Jesus." Christ is ourmediator because by his death he reconciled the human race to God.Christ is the One Perfect Mediator. But others may participate inthe mediatorship of Christ by cooperating with him in disposing mento turn to God, and in ministering to men the divinely establishedsacraments which unite men to God by grace.

2. Christ is the mediator of God and man; not, says St.Augustine (De Civ. Dei, ix 15), because he is the divineWord; he is mediator as man. For in his divinity Christ is God, nota mediator between God and man. As man, Christ stands between Godand sinful human beings. He unites men to God by graces and gifts.He offers to God prayers and satisfaction for mankind. Hence, it isas man that Christ is mediator: "The man ChristJesus."

"God gives us some things, as the beginning of faith, even when we do not pray. Other things, such as perseverance, he has only provided for those who pray."
St Augustine

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"Try to turn your heart from the love of things visible and bring yourself to things invisible. For they who follow their own evil passions stain their consciences and lose the grace of God. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"Before a man chooses his confessor, he ought to think well about it, and pray about it also; but when he has once chosen, he ought not to change, except for most urgent reasons, but put the utmost confidence in his director."
St Philip Neri

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