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Part One

The mystery of God’s apparent powerlessness

272

Faith in God the Father Almighty can be put to the test by

the experience of evil and suffering. God can sometimes seem to

be absent and incapable of stopping evil. But in the most mysteri-

ous way God the Father has revealed his almighty power in the

voluntary humiliation and Resurrection of his Son, by which he

conquered evil. Christ crucified is thus “the power of God and the

wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and

the weakness of God is stronger than men.”

111

It is in Christ’s

Resurrection and exaltation that the Father has shown forth “the

immeasurable greatness of his power in us who believe.”

112

273

Only faith can embrace the mysterious ways of God’s

almighty power. This faith glories in its weaknesses in order to

draw to itself Christ’s power.

113

The Virgin Mary is the supreme

model of this faith, for she believed that “nothing will be impossi-

ble with God,” and was able to magnify the Lord: “For he who is

mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.”

114

274

“Nothing is more apt to confirm our faith and hope than

holding it fixed in our minds that nothing is impossible with God.

Once our reason has grasped the idea of God’s almighty power, it

will easily and without any hesitation admit everything that [the

Creed] will afterwards propose for us to believe—even if they be

great and marvellous things, far above the ordinary laws of na-

ture.”

115

IN BRIEF

275

With Job, the just man, we confess: “I know that you

can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be

thwarted” (

Job

42:2).

276

Faithful to the witness of Scripture, the Church often

addresses its prayer to the “almighty and eternal God”

(“omnipotens sempiterne Deus . . .”), believing firmly

that “nothing will be impossible with God” (

Gen

18:14;

Lk

1:37;

Mt

19:26).

111

1 Cor

1:24-25.

112

Eph

1:19-22.

113 Cf.

2 Cor

12:9;

Phil

4:13.

114

Lk

1:37, 49.

115

Roman Catechism,

I, 2, 13.

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412

609

648

148

1814, 1817