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Part One


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

power” (


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” (

1 Pet

5:7; cf.




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.