Catechism of the Catholic Church

508 Part Three Charity 2093 Faith inGod’s love encompasses the call and the obligation to respond with sincere love to divine charity. The first command­ ment enjoins us to love God above everything and all creatures for him and because of him. 12 2094 One can sin against God’s love in various ways: — indifference neglects or refuses to reflect on divine charity; it fails to consider its prevenient goodness and denies its power. — ingratitude fails or refuses to acknowledge divine charity and to return him love for love. — lukewarmness is hesitation or negligence in responding to divine love; it can imply refusal to give oneself over to the prompting of charity. — acedia or spiritual sloth goes so far as to refuse the joy that comes from God and to be repelled by divine goodness. — hatred of God comes from pride. It is contrary to love of God, whose goodness it denies, andwhom it presumes to curse as the one who forbids sins and inflicts punishments. II. “H im O nly S hall Y ou S erve ” 2095 The theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity inform and give life to the moral virtues. Thus charity leads us to render to God what we as creatures owe him in all justice. The virtue of religion disposes us to have this attitude. Adoration 2096 Adoration is the first act of the virtue of religion. To adore God is to acknowledge him as God, as the Creator and Savior, the Lord and Master of everything that exists, as infinite and merciful Love. “You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve,” says Jesus, citing Deuteronomy. 13 12 Cf. Deut 6:4-5. 13 Lk 4:8; cf. Deut 6:13. 1822-1829 2733 2303 1807 2628