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Question from Mary on 4/28/2002:

Dear Father, This question was posted on another forum and I didn't understand the answer. I thought you would be better at explaining it.

From the new Catholic Catechism, we read these perplexing quotes: Article 460: "The only begotten Son of God, wanting to make us sharers in his divinity, assumed our nature, so that he, made man, might make men gods." This quote is from Aquinas and is included in the new Catechism as one explanation of why the Word became flesh. Similiarly, in Article 795 of the Catechism, a quote from Augustine: "Let us rejoice then and give thanks that we have become not only Christians, but Christ himself. Do you understand and grasp, brethren, God's grace toward us ? Marvel and rejoice: we have become Christ. For if he is the head, we are the members. He and we together are the whole man..."

What does it mean to make men gods. It sounds like Mormon teaching. God Bless You Mary

Answer by Fr. Robert J. Levis on 4/28/2002:

Dear Mary, Yes today there are many attempts to make us gods, special prayers and rituals customed to effect this transformation to the divine. Futile efforts to the Catholic. The Father of Jesus send Him down to earth and He became one of us thru the good offices of Mary His Mother. So Jesus is fully divine and fully human. The purpose of this Incarnation is that we humans might be able to be incorporated into the divine Trinity. Jesus shared our human nature in order that we could share His divine nature. This we do with sanctifying grace which is a created participation in divine life. Our Catholic faith is much more than rules and regulations. It is mainly the means of sharing divinity thru Faith. Hope this is a help to understand somewhat this profound mystery. God bless. Fr. Bob Levis

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