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    creation out of nothing as a truth full of promise and hope Thus the mother of seven sons encourages them for martyrdom I do not know how you came into being in my womb It was not I who gave you life and breath nor I who set in order the elements within each of you Therefore the Creator of the world who shaped the beginning of man and devised the origin of all things will in his mercy give life and breath back to you again since you now forget yourselves for the sake of his laws Look at the heaven and the earth and see everything that is in them and recognize that God did not make them out of things that existed Thus also mankind comes into being 147 298 Since God could create everything out of nothing he can also through the Holy Spirit give spiritual life to sinners by creating a pure heart in them 148 and bodily life to the dead through the Resurrection God gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist 149 And since God was able to make light shine in darkness by his Word he can also give the light of faith to those who do not yet know him 150 God creates an ordered and good world 299 Because God creates through wisdom his creation is ordered You have arranged all things by measure and number and weight 151 The universe created in and by the eternal Word the 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

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  • Catechism of the Catholic Church | Catholic Culture
    Church Fathers Most Collection Free eBooks Connect Home On Facebook On Twitter eNewsletters Site Tour Web Widgets Feeds Contact Us Advertise Subscribe Login Donate Resources Home Library Website Reviews What You Need to Know Catholic Dictionary Catechism Church Fathers Most Collection Free eBooks Action Alert SOLIDARITY MONTH 10 is as good as 1 000 Help set a new record for the number of gifts this month Goal 1 000 769 to go Catechism of the Catholic Church God creates by wisdom and love 295 We believe that God created the world according to his wisdom 141 It is not the product of any necessity whatever nor of blind fate or chance We believe that it proceeds from God s free will he wanted to make his creatures share in his being wisdom and goodness For you created all things and by your will they existed and were created 142 Therefore the Psalmist exclaims O LORD how manifold are your works In wisdom you have made them all and The LORD is good to all and his compassion is over all that he has made 143 Notes 141 Cf Wis 9 9 142 Rev 4 11 143 Ps 104 24 145

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    God needs no pre existent thing or any help in order to create nor is creation any sort of necessary emanation from the divine substance 144 God creates freely out of nothing 145 If God had drawn the world from pre existent matter what would be so extraordinary in that A human artisan makes from a given material whatever he wants while God shows his power by starting from nothing to make all he wants 146 297 Scripture bears witness to faith in creation out of nothing as a truth full of promise and hope Thus the mother of seven sons encourages them for martyrdom I do not know how you came into being in my womb It was not I who gave you life and breath nor I who set in order the elements within each of you Therefore the Creator of the world who shaped the beginning of man and devised the origin of all things will in his mercy give life and breath back to you again since you now forget yourselves for the sake of his laws Look at the heaven and the earth and see everything that is in them and recognize that God did not make them out of things that existed Thus also mankind comes into being 147 298 Since God could create everything out of nothing he can also through the Holy Spirit give spiritual life to sinners by creating a pure heart in them 148 and bodily life to the dead through the Resurrection God gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist 149 And since God was able to make light shine in darkness by his Word he can also give the light of faith to those who do not yet know him

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    What You Need to Know Catholic Dictionary Catechism Church Fathers Most Collection Free eBooks Catechism of the Catholic Church God creates an ordered and good world 299 Because God creates through wisdom his creation is ordered You have arranged all things by measure and number and weight 151 The universe created in and by the eternal Word the 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 Notes 151 Wis 11 20 152 Col 1 15

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    to Know Catholic Dictionary Catechism Church Fathers Most Collection Free eBooks Connect Home On Facebook On Twitter eNewsletters Site Tour Web Widgets Feeds Contact Us Advertise Subscribe Login Donate Resources Home Library Website Reviews What You Need to Know Catholic Dictionary Catechism Church Fathers Most Collection Free eBooks Action Alert SOLIDARITY MONTH 10 is as good as 1 000 Help set a new record for the number of gifts this month Goal 1 000 769 to go Catechism of the Catholic Church 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 Notes 156 Ps 8 1 cf Sir 43 28 157 Ps 145 3 158 Acts 17 28 159 St Augustine Conf 3 6 11 PL 32 688 English Translation of

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    Need to Know Catholic Dictionary Catechism Church Fathers Most Collection Free eBooks Connect Home On Facebook On Twitter eNewsletters Site Tour Web Widgets Feeds Contact Us Advertise Subscribe Login Donate Resources Home Library Website Reviews What You Need to Know Catholic Dictionary Catechism Church Fathers Most Collection Free eBooks Catechism of the Catholic Church 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 things for they are yours O Lord you who love the living 160 Notes 160 Wis 11 24 26 English Translation of the Cathechism

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    constitutes the answer to this question the goodness of creation the drama of sin and the patient love of God who comes to meet man by his covenants the redemptive Incarnation of his Son his gift of the Spirit his gathering of the Church the power of the sacraments and his call to a blessed life to which free creatures are invited to consent in advance but from which by a terrible mystery they can also turn away in advance There is not a single aspect of the Christian message that is not in part an answer to the question of evil 310 But why did God not create a world so perfect that no evil could exist in it With infinite power God could always create something better 174 But with infinite wisdom and goodness God freely willed to create a world in a state of journeying towards its ultimate perfection In God s plan this process of becoming involves the appearance of certain beings and the disappearance of others the existence of the more perfect alongside the less perfect both constructive and destructive forces of nature With physical good there exists also physical evil as long as creation has not reached perfection 175 311 Angels and men as intelligent and free creatures have to journey toward their ultimate destinies by their free choice and preferential love They can therefore go astray Indeed they have sinned Thus has moral evil incommensurably more harmful than physical evil entered the world God is in no way directly or indirectly the cause of moral evil 176 He permits it however because he respects the freedom of his creatures and mysteriously knows how to derive good from it For almighty God because he is supremely good would never allow any evil whatsoever to exist in his works if he were not so all powerful and good as to cause good to emerge from evil itself 177 312 In time we can discover that God in his almighty providence can bring a good from the consequences of an evil even a moral evil caused by his creatures It was not you said Joseph to his brothers who sent me here but God You meant evil against me but God meant it for good to bring it about that many people should be kept alive 178 From the greatest moral evil ever committed the rejection and murder of God s only Son caused by the sins of all men God by his grace that abounded all the more 179 brought the greatest of goods the glorification of Christ and our redemption But for all that evil never becomes a good 313 We know that in everything God works for good for those who love him 180 The constant witness of the saints confirms this truth St Catherine of Siena said to those who are scandalized and rebel against what happens to them Everything comes from love all is ordained for the salvation of man God

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    the number of gifts this month Goal 1 000 769 to go Catechism of the Catholic Church Providence and secondary causes 306 God is the sovereign master of his plan But to carry it out he also makes use of his creatures co operation This use is not a sign of weakness but rather a token of almighty God s greatness and goodness For God grants his creatures not only their existence but also the dignity of acting on their own of being causes and principles for each other and thus of co operating in the accomplishment of his plan 307 To human beings God even gives the power of freely sharing in his providence by entrusting them with the responsibility of subduing the earth and having dominion over it 168 God thus enables men to be intelligent and free causes in order to complete the work of creation to perfect its harmony for their own good and that of their neighbours Though often unconscious collaborators with God s will they can also enter deliberately into the divine plan by their actions their prayers and their sufferings 169 They then fully become God s fellow workers and co workers for his kingdom 170 308 The truth that God is at work in all the actions of his creatures is inseparable from faith in God the Creator God is the first cause who operates in and through secondary causes For God is at work in you both to will and to work for his good pleasure 171 Far from diminishing the creature s dignity this truth enhances it Drawn from nothingness by God s power wisdom and goodness it can do nothing if it is cut off from its origin for without a Creator the creature vanishes 172 Still less can

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