The Profession of Faith
Paragraph 6. Man
“God created man in his own image, in the image of God
he created him, male and female he created them.”
pies a unique place in creation: (I) he is “in the image of God”; (II)
in his own nature he unites the spiritual and material worlds; (III)
he is created “male and female”; (IV) God established him in his
Of all visible creatures only man is “able to know and love
He is “the only creature on earth that God has
willed for its own sake,”
and he alone is called to share, by
knowledge and love, in God’s own life. It was for this end that he
was created, and this is the fundamental reason for his dignity:
What made you establish man in so great a dignity? Cer-
tainly the incalculable love by which you have looked on
your creature in yourself! You are taken with love for her;
for by love indeed you created her, by love you have given
her a being capable of tasting your eternal Good.
Being in the image of God the human individual possesses
the dignity of a person, who is not just something, but someone.
He is capable of self-knowledge, of self-possession and of freely
giving himself and entering into communion with other persons.
And he is called by grace to a covenant with his Creator, to offer
him a response of faith and love that no other creature can give in
God created everything for man,
but man in turn was
created to serve and love God and to offer all creation back to him:
What is it that is about to be created, that enjoys such honor?
It is man—that great and wonderful living creature, more
precious in the eyes of God than all other creatures! For him
the heavens and the earth, the sea and all the rest of creation
exist. God attached so much importance to his salvation that
he did not spare his own Son for the sake of man. Nor does
he ever cease to work, trying every possible means, until he
12 § 3.
24 § 3.
221 St. Catherine of Siena,
4, 13 “On Divine Providence”:
week 19, OR.
12 § 1; 24 § 3; 39 § 1.