Faith Illustrated-CREED



St John Paul II once wrote a Letter to Artists, where he said:

“In order to communicate the message entrusted to her byChrist, the Church needs art. Art must make perceptible,
and as far as possible attractive, the world of the spirit,of the invisible, of God. It must therefore translate into
meaningful terms that which is in itself ineffable. ” (Letter toArtists, 4 April 1999)

In the early Church, images were important for teachingboth catechumens and the faithful about the faith,
especially those who could not read. Paintings, sculptures,stained-glass windows were employed to illustrate basic
ideas about the faith.

Art was also a way of helping the faithful remember thethings they believed in. It was also a way of helping them
immerse themselves into the scenes of the history of salvation.

This series of illustrated books, which are a compilationof infographics that have previously appeared in ‘O Clarim
Weekly’, are a modest contribution to the task of making the world of the spirit visible.

This first volume presents the Creed in graphic form. The Creed, as we know, tells us the truth about God, about the
world, and about ourselves.

The use of art in these pages also remind us that there is a Beauty that is eternal and infinite. It is the Beauty that
our hearts are longing for: “One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of
the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple” (Psalm 27:4).

+ Most Rev. Stephen Lee Bun-sang
Bishop of Macau




7 – Foreword

9 – Overview

15 – Does God Exist?

Most People believe in God’s existence
19 – God Reveals himself

The privilege of Judaism and Catholicism: God has spoken to us.
The transmission of Divine Revelation
Task of Magisterium
Sacred Scripture
Books and Divisions of the Bible
Formation of the Canon of Scripture
How should we read Sacred Scripture
What is Sacred Tradition?
What are the different senses or meanings in Scripture?
Where can we find Sacred Tradition?
39 – Man’s Response to God

Faith: Man’s Response to God
43 – God’s Nature and Attributes

God’s name reveals his nature
47 – Three Persons in One Nature

God One and Triune
Internal Processions in God: “God is one, but not solitary.”
God One and Triune
The Revelation of the Mystery
53 – Creator of Heaven and Earth

The Work of Creation
God also created invisible beings: the multitude of angels
The Fall of the Rebel Angels
In God’s image
Original Sin
“Protoevangelium” – The Promise of a Savior
69 – Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son of God

Why did the Son of God become man?
One Person, Two Natures
Jesus, the Christ
“Born if the Virgin Mary”
Christ’s Whole Life is a Mystery
The Holy Family
St Joseph
Nazareth: Holiness in Daily Life
Jesus’ Public Life
Jesus is Tempted
Jesus appoints Apostles
“First Simon, who is called Peter”
Signs of the Messiah
The Paschal Mystery
Why do we need the Cross? Of what use is suffering?
Jesus’ cruel death did not happen by chance
Jesus Christ was buried
Christ descended into hell
The miracle every Christian must believe
Jesus ascends into heaven
93 – The Holy Spirit

Descent of the Holy Spirit
Titles and Symbols of the Holy Spirit
Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Fruits of the Holy Spirit
101 – God’s Church

God’s Church
The Church is One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic
Christ’s Faithful – Hierarchy, Laity, Consecrated Life
Diversity of ministry, unity of mission
Never alone: the Communion of Saints
Mary: Mother of Christ, Mother of the Church
109 – Last Things

The Four Last Things
Particular Judgment
“Weeping and Gnashing of Theeth”*
Purgatory: Fire that Purifies
Heaven: Surpassing all Desires
The Resurrection of the Body
“From thence he shall come to judge the living and the dead”