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Anchor Concept: Revelation (PDF File)

REVELATION

Revelation is God's free self-communication to humankind. This divine self-communication can be found in creation, in salvation history and in God’s inspired Word. Christians believe that the fullness of God's Self-revelation is complete in the person and preaching of Jesus. Under the Holy Spirit’s guidance, this fullness of revelation has been committed to writing in the Gospels, and is continuously transmitted in the Church’s living Tradition, -that is, through the teaching of its bishops, or Magisterium. Scripture and the living Tradition of the Church together comprise the single deposit of the Word of God. Both the Old and New Testaments are God’s inspired Word. The New Testament is to be understood in the light of the Old Testament, and the Old Testament in the light of Christ, and the New. Revelation is public in nature, and entrusted to the whole Church. Given its divine origin, it requires the assent of faith. The people of God as a united whole, when guided by the Magisterium, cannot err in matters of faith. All new revelation ended with the death of the last apostle. Private revelation (visions, locutions etc) always must be carefully tested by local bishops, who are the successors to the apostles. Therefore, even when judged authentic by the Church, private revelations do not bear the same binding character as the divinely inspired Word of God (Scripture) and the Church’s living Tradition.

Related Concepts:

DISCOVERY
SACRAMENTALITY
SPIRITUALITY
MYSTICISM
NATURE
SUPERNATURAL
WORSHIP
PASCAL MYSTERY
CREATION
SALVATION
SCRIPTURE
INSIGHT
WISDOM
WORLD VIEW
HUMILITY
CONVERSION
MYSTERY, WONDER AND AWE
TRADITION
APOSTOLICITY
INSPIRATION

Corresponding Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations:
 
CGE1a Illustrates a basic understanding of the saving story of our Christian faith
CGE1b Participates in the sacramental life of the church and demonstrates an understanding of the centrality of the Eucharist to our Catholic story
CGE1c Actively reflects on God's Word as communicated through the Hebrew and Christian scriptures
CGE1e Speaks the language of life... "recognizing that life is an unearned gift and that a person entrusted with life does not own it but that one is called to protect and cherish it." (Witnessesto Faith)
CGE1f Seeks intimacy with God and celebrates communion with God, others and creation through prayer and worship
CGE1g Understands that one's purpose or call in life comes from God and strives to discern and live out this call throughout life's journey
CGE1i Integrates faith with life
CGE3a Recognizes there is more grace in our world than sin and that hope is essential in facing all challenges
CGE3b Creates, adapts, evaluates new ideas in light of the common good
CGE3e Adopts a holistic approach to life by integrating learning from various subject areas and experience
CGE4a Demonstrates a confident and positive sense of self and respect for the dignity and welfare of others
CGE7d Promotes the sacredness of life
CGE7i Respects the environment and uses resources wisely