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Chapter 1
The Story of God’s Love
Teacher Prep
Catechism of the Catholic Church References: Desire for God: 27–30; God’s plan of loving goodness: 51–53;
Scripture is the Word of God: 104, 105, 135–36; Old Testament prepares for the New Testament: 122; New Testament: 124;
Theological Virtue of Hope: 1817
Chapter Focus: God’s Plan of Love
God is all good and all loving, and all of creation came forth
from his love and goodness. The Bible tells us the story of God’s
love for us and his plan for us to be happy. He created us to
share in his life of love (see CCC, 1) and has a special plan for
each of us in the story of his love. God will never create another
person like you. God dearly loves you, and he wants to have a
loving relationship with you.
Life is a gift from God. He created us out of love, and he gave
his love to us as a gift to be shared. God also gave us the ability
to choose to love him and to choose to love one another. When
we choose to love God and are in friendship with him, we are
happy. We are also truly happy when we choose to love one
another and share God’s gift of love with them.
When we live as God created us to be, we are able to find our
greatest happiness. God’s plan from the beginning was that we
would live in paradise in a perfect relationship of love with him
and with one another.
Preparing Your Heart
The story of salvation is so central to our Faith that the
Catechism of the Catholic Church itself begins with a summary
of the story of salvation, and this story is woven through
everything the Catechism teaches. It is important that we
know this story and make it a part of our lives so we can share
it with others. Read and reflect upon this opening paragraph
of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
God, infinitely perfect and blessed in himself, in a plan
of sheer goodness freely created man to make him
share in his own blessed life. For this reason, at every
time and in every place, God draws close to man. He
calls man to seek him, to know him, to love him with
all his strength. He calls together all men, scattered
and divided by sin, into the unity of his family, the
Church. To accomplish this, when the fullness of time
had come, God sent his Son as Redeemer and Savior.
In his Son and through him, he invites men to become,
in the Holy Spirit, his adopted children and thus heirs
of his blessed life. (CCC, 1)
How have you seen God’s plan at work in your life?
When was the last time you stopped to listen and talk to God?
What effect did this have on your relationship with him?
How does knowing that God loves you affect the way that
you live?
What are some ways that you could grow in your friendship
with God?
Chapter 1

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