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7 then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
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362 The human person, created in the image of God, is a being at once corporeal and spiritual. the biblical account expresses this reality in symbolic language when it affirms that "then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being."(Gen 2:7) Man, whole and entire, is therefore willed by God.
369 Man and woman have been created, which is to say, willed by God: on the one hand, in perfect equality as human persons; on the other, in their respective beings as man and woman. "Being man" or "being woman" is a reality which is good and willed by God: man and woman possess an inalienable dignity which comes to them immediately from God their Creator.(cf. Gen 2:7, Gen 2:22) Man and woman are both with one and the same dignity "in the image of God." In their "being-man" and "being-woman," they reflect the Creator's wisdom and goodness.
703 The Word of God and his Breath are at the origin of the being and life of every creature:(cf. Ps 33:6; Ps 104:30; Gen 1:2; Gen 2:7; Eccl 3:20-21; Ezek 37:10) It belongs to the Holy Spirit to rule, sanctify, and animate creation, for he is God, consubstantial with the Father and the Son.... Power over life pertains to the Spirit, for being God he preserves creation in the Father through the Son.(Byzantine liturgy, Sundays of the second mode, Troparion of Morning Prayer)