Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Profession of Faith 71 Paragraph 3. The Almighty 268 Of all the divine attributes, only God’s omnipotence is named in the Creed: to confess this power has great bearing on our lives. We believe that his might is universal, for God who created everything also rules everything and can do everything. God’s power is loving, for he is our Father, and mysterious, for only faith can discern it when it “is made perfect in weakness.” 103 “He does whatever he pleases” 104 269 The Holy Scriptures repeatedly confess the universal power of God. He is called the “Mighty One of Jacob,” the “ Lord of hosts,” the “strong and mighty” one. If God is almighty “in heaven and on earth,” it is because he made them. 105 Nothing is impossible with God, who disposes his works according to his will. 106 He is the Lord of the universe, whose order he established and which remains wholly subject to him and at his disposal. He is master of history, governing hearts and events in keeping with his will: “It is always in your power to show great strength, and who can withstand the strength of your arm?” 107 “You are merciful to all, for you can do all things” 108 270 God is the Father Almighty, whose fatherhood and power shed light on one another: God reveals his fatherly omnipotence by the way he takes care of our needs; by the filial adoption that he gives us (“I will be a father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”): 109 finally by his infinite mercy, for he displays his power at its height by freely forgiving sins. 271 God’s almighty power is in no way arbitrary: “In God, power, essence, will, intellect, wisdom, and justice are all identical. Nothing therefore can be in God’s power which could not be in his just will or his wise intellect.” 110 103 Cf. Gen 1:1; Jn 1:3; Mt 6:9; 2 Cor 12:9; cf. 1 Cor 1:18. 104 Ps 115:3. 105 Gen 49:24; Isa 1:24 etc.; Ps 24:8-10; 135:6. 106 Cf. Jer 27:5; 32:17; Lk 1:37. 107 Wis 11:21; cf. Esth 4:17b; Prov 21:1; Tob 13:2. 108 Wis 11:23. 109 2 Cor 6:18; cf. Mt 6:32. 110 St. Thomas Aquinas, STh I, 25, 5, ad 1. 222 303 2777 1441