The Profession of Faith
“image of the invisible God,” is destined for and addressed to man,
himself created in the “image of God” and called to a personal
relationship with God.
Our human understanding, which
shares in the light of the divine intellect, can understand what God
tells us by means of his creation, though not without great effort
and only in a spirit of humility and respect before the Creator and
Because creation comes forth from God’s goodness, it
shares in that goodness—“And God saw that it was good . . . very
—for God willed creation as a gift addressed to man, an
inheritance destined for and entrusted to him. On many occasions
the Church has had to defend the goodness of creation, including
that of the physical world.
God transcends creation and is present to it
God is infinitely greater than all his works: “You have set
your glory above the heavens.”
Indeed, God’s “greatness is
But because he is the free and sovereign Creator,
the first cause of all that exists, God is present to his creatures’
inmost being: “In him we live and move and have our being.”
In the words of St. Augustine, God is “higher than my highest and
more inward than my innermost self.”
God upholds and sustains creation
With creation, God does not abandon his creatures to
themselves. He not only gives them being and existence, but also,
and at every moment, upholds and sustains them in being, enables
them to act and brings them to their final end. Recognizing this
utter dependence with respect to the Creator is a source of wisdom
and freedom, of joy and confidence:
For you love all things that exist, and detest none of the
things that you have made; for you would not have made
anything if you had hated it. How would anything have
endured, if you had not willed it? Or how would anything
not called forth by you have been preserved? You spare all
1:4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 31.
155 Cf. DS 286; 455-463; 800; 1333; 3002.
159 St. Augustine,
3, 6, 11: PL 32, 688.