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Part One

IN BRIEF

44

Man is by nature and vocation a religious being. Com-

ing from God, going toward God, man lives a fully

human life only if he freely lives by his bond with God.

45

Man is made to live in communion with God in whom

he finds happiness: “When I am completely united to

you, there will be no more sorrow or trials; entirely full

of you, my life will be complete” (St. Augustine,

Conf.

10, 28, 39: PL 32, 795).

46

When he listens to the message of creation and to the

voice of conscience, man can arrive at certainty about

the existence of God, the cause and the end of every­

thing.

47

The Church teaches that the one true God, our Creator

and Lord, can be known with certainty from his

works, by the natural light of human reason (cf. Vati-

can Council I, can. 2, § 1: DS 3026).

48

We really can name God, starting from the manifold

perfections of his creatures, which are likenesses of the

infinitely perfect God, even if our limited language

cannot exhaust the mystery.

49

“Without the Creator, the creature vanishes” (

GS

36).

This is the reason why believers know that the love of

Christ urges them to bring the light of the living God

to those who do not know him or who reject him.