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The Profession of Faith

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for God has no other reason for creating than his love and good-

ness: “Creatures came into existence when the key of love opened

his hand.”

136

The First Vatican Council explains:

This one, true God, of his own goodness and “almighty

power,” not for increasing his own beatitude, nor for attain-

ing his perfection, but in order to manifest this perfection

through the benefits which he bestows on creatures, with

absolute freedom of counsel “and from the beginning of

time, made out of nothing both orders of creatures, the

spiritual and the corporeal. . . .”

137

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The glory of God consists in the realization of this mani-

festation and communication of his goodness, for which the world

was created. God made us “to be his sons through Jesus Christ,

according to the purpose of his will,

to the praise of his glorious

grace,

138

for “the glory of God is man fully alive; moreover man’s

life is the vision of God: if God’s revelation through creation has

already obtained life for all the beings that dwell on earth, how

much more will the Word’s manifestation of the Father obtain life

for those who see God.”

139

The ultimate purpose of creation is that

God “who is the creator of all things may at last become ‘all in all,’

thus simultaneously assuring his own glory and our beatitude.”

140

IV.

T

he

M

ystery of

C

reation

God creates by wisdom and love

295

We believe that God created the world according to his

wisdom.

141

It is not the product of any necessity whatever, nor of

blind fate or chance. We believe that it proceeds from God’s free

will; he wanted to make his creatures share in his being, wisdom,

and goodness: “For you created all things, and by your will they

existed and were created.”

142

Therefore the Psalmist exclaims: “O

Lord

, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made

them all”; and “The

Lord

is good to all, and his compassion is over

all that he has made.”

143

136 St. Thomas Aquinas,

Sent.

2, Prol.

137

Dei Filius,

1: DS 3002; cf. Lateran Council IV (1215): DS 800.

138

Eph

1:5-6.

139 St. Irenaeus,

Adv. haeres

4, 20, 7: PG 7/1, 1037.

140

AG

2; cf.

1 Cor

15:28.

141 Cf.

Wis

9:9.

142

Rev

4:11.

143

Ps

104:24; 145:9.

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