Catechism of the Catholic Church

72 Part One The mystery of God’s apparent powerlessness 272 Faith in God the Father Almighty can be put to the test by the experience of evil and suffering. God can sometimes seem to be absent and incapable of stopping evil. But in the most mysteri- ous way God the Father has revealed his almighty power in the voluntary humiliation and Resurrection of his Son, by which he conquered evil. Christ crucified is thus “the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” 111 It is in Christ’s Resurrection and exaltation that the Father has shown forth “the immeasurable greatness of his power in us who believe.” 112 273 Only faith can embrace the mysterious ways of God’s almighty power. This faith glories in its weaknesses in order to draw to itself Christ’s power. 113 The Virgin Mary is the supreme model of this faith, for she believed that “nothing will be impossi- ble with God,” and was able to magnify the Lord: “For he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.” 114 274 “Nothing is more apt to confirm our faith and hope than holding it fixed in our minds that nothing is impossible with God. Once our reason has grasped the idea of God’s almighty power, it will easily and without any hesitation admit everything that [the Creed] will afterwards propose for us to believe—even if they be great and marvellous things, far above the ordinary laws of na- ture.” 115 IN BRIEF 275 With Job, the just man, we confess: “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted” ( Job 42:2). 276 Faithful to the witness of Scripture, the Church often addresses its prayer to the “almighty and eternal God” (“omnipotens sempiterne Deus . . .”), believing firmly that “nothing will be impossible with God” ( Gen 18:14; Lk 1:37; Mt 19:26). 111 1 Cor 1:24-25. 112 Eph 1:19-22. 113 Cf. 2 Cor 12:9; Phil 4:13. 114 Lk 1:37, 49. 115 Roman Catechism, I, 2, 13. 309 412 609 648 148 1814, 1817