Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Profession of Faith 61 My Lord and my God, take from me everything that dis- tances me from you. My Lord and my God, give me everything that brings me closer to you. My Lord and my God, detach me from myself to give my all to you. 51 227 It means trusting God in every circumstance, even in adver- sity. Aprayer of St. Teresa of Jesus wonderfully expresses this trust: Let nothing trouble you / Let nothing frighten you Everything passes / God never changes Patience / Obtains all Whoever has God / Wants for nothing God alone is enough. 52 IN BRIEF 228 “Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God is one LORD . . .” ( Deut 6:4; Mk 12:29). “The supreme being must be unique, without equal . . . . If God is not one, he is not God” (Tertullian, Adv. Marc., 1, 3, 5: PL 2, 274). 229 Faith in God leads us to turn to him alone as our first origin and our ultimate goal, and neither to prefer anything to him nor to substitute anything for him. 230 Evenwhen he reveals himself, God remains a mystery beyond words: “If you understood him, it would not be God” (St. Augustine, Sermo 52, 6, 16: PL 38:360 and Sermo 117, 3,5: PL 38, 663). 231 The God of our faith has revealed himself as He who is; and he has made himself known as “abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness” ( Ex 34:6). God’s very being is Truth and Love. 51 St. Nicholas of Flüe; cf. Mt 5:29-30; 16:24-26. 52 St. Teresa of Jesus, Poesías 30, in The Collected Works of St. Teresa of Avila, vol. III, tr. by K. Kavanaugh, OCD, and O. Rodriguez, OCD (Washington DC: Institute of Carmelite Studies, 1985), 386 no. 9, tr. by John Wall. 313, 2090 2830 1723