1 God, infinitely perfect and also blessed in Himself, in accordance with a purpose of pure goodness, freely created man in order to make him a partaker of His blessed life. Therefore, at every time and in every place, He is near man. He calls man and helps [him] so that he desires, knows, and loves Him with all his strength. He calls together all men separated in sin into the unity of His family, which is the Church. In order to accomplish it, when the time was fulfilled, He sent His Son as Redeemer and Savior. In Him and by Him, God calls men to be made adopted children in the Holy Spirit of His Son and thus heirs of His blessed life.
2 So that this calling would resonate in all the land, Christ sent the apostles whom he chose, giving them a commission to preach the Gospel: “Therefore, go and teach all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to keep whatever I commanded you. And behold, I am with you all the days until the end of the world.”1 By the virtue of this mission, the apostles, “went forth and preached everywhere, the Lord cooperating and confirming the word with signs following.”2
3 Those who, with God’s help, accepted this calling of Christ and responded to it freely, are they themselves also impelled by the love of Christ to proclaim the Good News everywhere in the world. This treasure, which had been accepted from the apostles, their successors faithfully preserved. Christ’s faithful are all called to transmit that treasure from generation to generation, declaring the faith, hence living in fraternal communion and celebrating it in the liturgy and prayers.
1 Matt. 28:19–20
2 Mark 16:20