Thursday, March 30, 2017

Assuming, Healing, Sanctifying

What did God take on a human nature and become a man, both fully God and fully human at once? The following passages of St. John Damascene set out the teaching of the Catholic Church:

"Complete God assumed me completely and complete man is united to complete God so that he might bring salvation to complete man. For what was not assumed could not be healed."
- "De Fide Oerth.," III, 6 P.G. XCIV, 1006.

He therefor assumed all that He might sanctify all."
- "De Fide Oerth.," III, 20 P.G. XCIV, 1081.