Creation and Fall, Virtue and Beatitude 2: The Fall by Fr Guy de Gaynesford

Find me in iTunes‘Sin is present in human history; any attempt to ignore it or to give this dark reality other names would be futile…Only the light of divine revelation clarifies the reality of sin and particularly of the sin committed at mankind’s origins. Without the knowledge Revelation gives of God we cannot recognize sin clearly and are tempted to explain it as merely a developmental flaw, a psychological weakness, a mistake, or the necessary consequence of an inadequate social structure’ (CCC 386-387). Fr Guy continues his exposition, looking at the reality of sin and its fatal consequences, and the outstanding gift of Christ’s redeeming work. ‘Where sin abounded, grace abounded all the more’ (Romans 5:20).

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These talks were given during 2015 at the School of the Annunciation, Buckfast Abbey, Devon. We are grateful to them for permission to publish them on our website. For more information on the School of the Annunciation, a Centre of Adult Education for the New Evangelization, go to this link

Catechism of the Catholic Church Section 1: 7 – Man and the Fall (355-421) by Fr Guy de Gaynesford

CCC Artwork for podcast Section 1355-421.The creation of man ‘in the image of God’.What it means to be this image. Of all creatures only man is ‘able to know and love his creator’. Man and the whole of creation are made perfect, but we experience the reality of sin and suffering and death. The Fall of Adam and the doctrine of original sin. Christ is the New Adam. God has not abandoned us to the power of death, we have been redeemed through the cross of Christ – this is the Good News. 76 minutes

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