I Believe in the Holy Spirit, I Believe in the Communion of Saints

Part One
THE PROFESSION OF FAITH

Section Two
THE PROFESSION OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH

Chapter Three
I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY CATHOLIC CHURCH

I Believe in the Communion of Saints

194. What is the meaning of the “communion of saints”?
946-953, 960

This expression indicates first of all the common sharing of all the members of the Church in holy things (sancta): the faith, the sacraments, especially the Eucharist, the charisms, and the other spiritual gifts. At the root of this communion is love which “does not seek its own interests” (1 Corinthians 13:5) but leads the faithful to “hold everything in common” (Acts 4:32), even to put one’s own material goods at the service of the most poor.

195. What else does “the communion of saints” mean?
954-959, 961-962

This expression also refers to the communion between holy persons (sancti); that is, between those who by grace are united to the dead and risen Christ. Some are pilgrims on the earth; others, having passed from this life, are undergoing purification and are helped also by our prayers. Others already enjoy the glory of God and intercede for us. All of these together form in Christ one family, the Church, to the praise and glory of the Trinity.

 

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COMPENDIUM, Catechism of the Catholic Church,
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

 

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