Though the work of creation is attributed to the Father
in particular, it is equally a truth of faith that the
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit together are the one,
indivisible principle of creation.
God alone created the universe freely, directly, and
without any help.
No creature has the infinite power necessary to “cre-
ate” in the proper sense of the word, that is, to produce
and give being to that which had in no way possessed
it (to call into existence “out of nothing”) (cf. DS 3624).
God created the world to show forth and communi-
cate his glory. That his creatures should share in his
truth, goodness, and beauty—this is the glory for
which God created them.
God created the universe and keeps it in existence by his
Word, the Son “upholding the universe by his word of
1:3) andby his Creator Spirit, the giver of life.
Divine providence consists of the dispositions by
which God guides all his creatures with wisdom and
love to their ultimate end.
Christ invites us to filial trust in the providence of our
heavenly Father (cf.
6:26-34), and St. Peter the
apostle repeats: “Cast all your anxieties on him, for he
cares about you” (
Divine providence works also through the actions of
creatures. To human beings God grants the ability to
cooperate freely with his plans.
The fact that God permits physical and even moral evil
is a mystery that God illuminates by his Son Jesus
Christ who died and rose to vanquish evil. Faith gives
us the certainty that God would not permit an evil if
he did not cause a good to come from that very evil,
by ways that we shall fully know only in eternal life.