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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."

"As the flesh is nourished by food, so is man supported by prayers"
St Augustine

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"What good does it do to speak learnedly about the Trinity if, lacking humility, you displease the Trinity? Indeed it is not learning that makes a man holy and just, but a virtuous life makes him pleasing to God. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"When the devil has failed in making a man fall, he puts forward all his energies to create distrust between the penitent and the confessor, and so by little and little he gains his end at last."
St Philip Neri

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