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    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 does nothing without this goal in mind 181 St Thomas More shortly before his martyrdom consoled his daughter Nothing can come but that that God wills And I make me very sure that whatsoever that be seem it never so bad in sight it shall indeed be the best 182 Dame Julian of Norwich Here I was taught by the grace of God that I should steadfastly keep me in the faith and that at the same time I should take my stand on and earnestly believe in what our Lord shewed in this time that all manner of thing shall be well 183 314 We firmly believe that God is master of the world and of its history But the ways of his providence are often unknown to us Only at the end when our partial knowledge ceases when we see God face to face 184 will we fully know the ways by which even through the dramas of evil and sin God has guided his creation to that definitive sabbath rest 185 for which he created heaven and earth IN BRIEF 315 In the creation of the world and of man God gave the first and universal witness to his almighty love and his wisdom the first proclamation of the plan of his loving goodness which finds its goal in the new creation in Christ 316 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 317 God alone created the universe freely directly and without any help 318 No creature has the infinite power necessary

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    as Israel had been 198 Again it is the angels who evangelize by proclaiming the Good News of Christ s Incarnation and Resurrection 199 They will be present at Christ s return which they will announce to serve at his judgement 200 The angels in the life of the Church 334 In the meantime the whole life of the Church benefits from the mysterious and powerful help of angels 201 335 In her liturgy the Church joins with the angels to adore the thrice holy God She invokes their assistance in the funeral liturgy s In Paradisum deducant te angeli May the angels lead you into Paradise Moreover in the Cherubic Hymn of the Byzantine Liturgy she celebrates the memory of certain angels more particularly St Michael St Gabriel St Raphael and the guardian angels 336 From its beginning until death human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession 202 Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life 203 Already here on earth the Christian life shares by faith in the blessed company of angels and men united in God II THE VISIBLE WORLD 337 God himself created the visible world in all its richness diversity and order Scripture presents the work of the Creator symbolically as a succession of six days of divine work concluded by the rest of the seventh day 204 On the subject of creation the sacred text teaches the truths revealed by God for our salvation 205 permitting us to recognize the inner nature the value and the ordering of the whole of creation to the praise of God 206 338 Nothing exists that does not owe its existence to God the Creator The world began when God s word drew it out of nothingness all existent beings all of nature and all human history are rooted in this primordial event the very genesis by which the world was constituted and time begun 207 339 Each creature possesses its own particular goodness and perfection For each one of the works of the six days it is said And God saw that it was good By the very nature of creation material being is endowed with its own stability truth and excellence its own order and laws 208 Each of the various creatures willed in its own being reflects in its own way a ray of God s infinite wisdom and goodness Man must therefore respect the particular goodness of every creature to avoid any disordered use of things which would be in contempt of the Creator and would bring disastrous consequences for human beings and their environment 340 God wills the interdependence of creatures The sun and the moon the cedar and the little flower the eagle and the sparrow the spectacle of their countless diversities and inequalities tells us that no creature is self sufficient Creatures exist only in dependence on each other to complete each other in the service of each other 341 The beauty

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    spiritual creatures angels have intelligence and will they are personal and immortal creatures surpassing in perfection all visible creatures as the splendour of their glory bears witness 190 Christ with all his angels 331 Christ is the centre of the angelic world They are his angels When the Son of man comes in his glory and all the angels with him 191 They belong to him because they were created through and for him for in him all things were created in heaven and on earth visible and invisible whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities all things were created through him and for him 192 They belong to him still more because he has made them messengers of his saving plan Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to serve for the sake of those who are to obtain salvation 193 332 Angels have been present since creation and throughout the history of salvation announcing this salvation from afar or near and serving the accomplishment of the divine plan they closed the earthly paradise protected Lot saved Hagar and her child stayed Abraham s hand communicated the law by their ministry led the People of God announced births and callings and assisted the prophets just to cite a few examples 194 Finally the angel Gabriel announced the birth of the Precursor and that of Jesus himself 195 333 From the Incarnation to the Ascension the life of the Word incarnate is surrounded by the adoration and service of angels When God brings the firstborn into the world he says Let all God s angels worship him 196 Their song of praise at the birth of Christ has not ceased resounding in the Church s praise Glory to God in the highest 197 They protect Jesus in his infancy serve him in the desert strengthen him in his agony in the garden when he could have been saved by them from the hands of his enemies as Israel had been 198 Again it is the angels who evangelize by proclaiming the Good News of Christ s Incarnation and Resurrection 199 They will be present at Christ s return which they will announce to serve at his judgement 200 The angels in the life of the Church 334 In the meantime the whole life of the Church benefits from the mysterious and powerful help of angels 201 335 In her liturgy the Church joins with the angels to adore the thrice holy God She invokes their assistance in the funeral liturgy s In Paradisum deducant te angeli May the angels lead you into Paradise Moreover in the Cherubic Hymn of the Byzantine Liturgy she celebrates the memory of certain angels more particularly St Michael St Gabriel St Raphael and the guardian angels 336 From its beginning until death human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession 202 Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life 203 Already here on earth the

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    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 The existence of angels a truth of faith 328 The existence of the spiritual non corporeal beings that Sacred Scripture usually calls angels is a truth of faith The witness of

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    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 Who are they 329 St Augustine says Angel is the name of their office not of their nature If you seek the name of their nature it is spirit if you seek the name of their office it is angel from what they are spirit from what they do angel 188 With their whole beings the angels are servants and messengers of God Because they always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven they are the mighty ones who do his word hearkening to the voice of his word 189 330 As purely spiritual creatures angels have intelligence and will they are personal and immortal creatures surpassing in perfection all visible creatures as the splendour of their glory bears witness 190 Notes 188 St Augustine En in Ps 103 1 15 PL 37 1348 189 Mt 18 10 Ps 103 20 190 Cf Pius XII Humani generis DS 3891 Lk 20 36

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    they were created through and for him for in him all things were created in heaven and on earth visible and invisible whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities all things were created through him and for him 192 They belong to him still more because he has made them messengers of his saving plan Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to serve for the sake of those who are to obtain salvation 193 332 Angels have been present since creation and throughout the history of salvation announcing this salvation from afar or near and serving the accomplishment of the divine plan they closed the earthly paradise protected Lot saved Hagar and her child stayed Abraham s hand communicated the law by their ministry led the People of God announced births and callings and assisted the prophets just to cite a few examples 194 Finally the angel Gabriel announced the birth of the Precursor and that of Jesus himself 195 333 From the Incarnation to the Ascension the life of the Word incarnate is surrounded by the adoration and service of angels When God brings the firstborn into the world he says Let all God s angels worship him 196 Their song of praise at the birth of Christ has not ceased resounding in the Church s praise Glory to God in the highest 197 They protect Jesus in his infancy serve him in the desert strengthen him in his agony in the garden when he could have been saved by them from the hands of his enemies as Israel had been 198 Again it is the angels who evangelize by proclaiming the Good News of Christ s Incarnation and Resurrection 199 They will be present at Christ s return which they will announce to serve at

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    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 The angels in the life of the Church 334 In the meantime the whole life of the Church benefits from the mysterious and powerful help of angels 201 335 In her liturgy the Church joins with the angels to adore the thrice holy God She invokes their assistance in the funeral liturgy s In Paradisum deducant te angeli May the angels lead you into Paradise Moreover in the Cherubic Hymn of the Byzantine Liturgy she celebrates the memory of certain angels more particularly St Michael St Gabriel St Raphael and the guardian angels 336 From its beginning until death human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession 202 Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life 203 Already here on earth the Christian life shares by faith in the blessed company of angels and men united in God Notes 201 Cf Acts 5 18 20 8 26 29 10 3 8 12 6 11 27 23 25 202 Cf Mt 18 10 Lk 16 22 Ps 34

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    that no creature is self sufficient Creatures exist only in dependence on each other to complete each other in the service of each other 341 The beauty of the universe The order and harmony of the created world results from the diversity of beings and from the relationships which exist among them Man discovers them progressively as the laws of nature They call forth the admiration of scholars The beauty of creation reflects the infinite beauty of the Creator and ought to inspire the respect and submission of man s intellect and will 342 The hierarchy of creatures is expressed by the order of the six days from the less perfect to the more perfect God loves all his creatures 209 and takes care of each one even the sparrow Nevertheless Jesus said You are of more value than many sparrows or again Of how much more value is a man than a sheep 210 343 Man is the summit of the Creator s work as the inspired account expresses by clearly distinguishing the creation of man from that of the other creatures 211 344 There is a solidarity among all creatures arising from the fact that all have the same Creator and are all ordered to his glory May you be praised O Lord in all your creatures especially brother sun by whom you give us light for the day he is beautiful radiating great splendour and offering us a symbol of you the Most High May you be praised my Lord for sister water who is very useful and humble precious and chaste May you be praised my Lord for sister earth our mother who bears and feeds us and produces the variety of fruits and dappled flowers and grasses Praise and bless my Lord give thanks and serve him in all humility 212 345 The sabbath the end of the work of the six days The sacred text says that on the seventh day God finished his work which he had done that the heavens and the earth were finished and that God rested on this day and sanctified and blessed it 213 These inspired words are rich in profitable instruction 346 In creation God laid a foundation and established laws that remain firm on which the believer can rely with confidence for they are the sign and pledge of the unshakeable faithfulness of God s covenant 214 For his part man must remain faithful to this foundation and respect the laws which the Creator has written into it 347 Creation was fashioned with a view to the sabbath and therefore for the worship and adoration of God Worship is inscribed in the order of creation 215 As the rule of St Benedict says nothing should take precedence over the work of God that is solemn worship 216 This indicates the right order of human concerns 348 The sabbath is at the heart of Israel s law To keep the commandments is to correspond to the wisdom

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