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The Profession of Faith

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“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.

152

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

his work.

153

Because creation comes forth from God’s goodness, it

shares in that goodness—“And God saw that it was good . . . very

good”

154

—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.

155

God transcends creation and is present to it

300

God is infinitely greater than all his works: “You have set

your glory above the heavens.”

156

Indeed, God’s “greatness is

unsearchable.”

157

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.”

158

In the words of St. Augustine, God is “higher than my highest and

more inward than my innermost self.”

159

God upholds and sustains creation

301

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

152

Col

1:15;

Gen

1:26.

153 Cf.

Ps

19:2-5;

Job

42:3.

154

Gen

1:4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 31.

155 Cf. DS 286; 455-463; 800; 1333; 3002.

156

Ps

8:2; cf.

Sir

43:28.

157

Ps

145:3.

158

Acts

17:28.

159 St. Augustine,

Conf.

3, 6, 11: PL 32, 688.

41, 1147

358

2415

42

223

1951

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