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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."

"Spiritual persons ought to be equally ready to experience sweetness and consolation in the things of God, or to suffer and keep their ground in drynesses of spirit and devotion, and for as long as God pleases, without their making any complaint about it."
St Philip Neri

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"A person who rails at God in adversity, suffers without merit; moreover by his lack of resignation he adds to his punishment in the next life and experiences greater disquietude of mind in this life."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"It is vanity to love what passes quickly and not to look ahead where eternal joy abides. "
Thomas á Kempis

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