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Thursday, December 24, 2009
Jesus Christ is the Second Adam - St. Leo the Great

“Dearly beloved brethren, if we study attentively the history of the creation of our
race, we shall find that man was made in the image of God, that his ways also might be an imitation of the ways of his Maker. This is the natural, real, and highest dignity which we are capable of attaining, that the goodness of the Divine nature should have a reflection in us, as in a mirror. As a means of reaching this dignity, we are daily offered the grace of our Saviour, for as in the first Adam all men are fallen, so in the Second Adam can all men be raised up again… And we know from the Apostle John how God fulfilled His promise,. We know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know Him That is True, and be in Him That is True, even in
His Son.”

St. Leo the Great
Image Source: Nativity by François Boucher, 18th Century


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