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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."

"To think of oneself as nothing, and always to think well and highly of others is the best and most perfect wisdom. Wherefore, if you see another sin openly or commit a serious crime, do not consider yourself better, for you do not know how long you can remain in good estate. All men are frail, but you must admit that none is more frail than yourself. "
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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"To do God's will -- this was the goal upon which the saints constantly fixed their gaze. They were fully persuaded that in this consists the entire perfection of the soul. "
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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