Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Profession of Faith 73 277 God shows forth his almighty power by converting us from our sins and restoring us to his friendship by grace. “O God, who manifest your almighty power above all by pardoning and showing mercy . . .” ( Roman Missal, 26th Sunday, Collect). 278 If we do not believe that God’s love is almighty, how can we believe that the Father could create us, the Son redeem us, and the Holy Spirit sanctify us? Paragraph 4. The Creator 279 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” 116 Holy Scripture begins with these solemn words. The profession of faith takes them up when it confesses that God the Father almighty is “Creator of heaven and earth” ( Apostles’ Creed ), “of all things visible and invisible” ( Nicene Creed ). We shall speak first of the Creator, then of creation, and finally of the fall into sin from which Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to raise us up again. 280 Creation is the foundation of “all God’s saving plans,” the “beginning of the history of salvation” 117 that culminates in Christ. Conversely, the mystery of Christ casts conclusive light on the mystery of creation and reveals the end forwhich “in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”: from the beginning, God envisaged the glory of the new creation in Christ. 118 281 And so the readings of the Easter Vigil, the celebration of the new creation in Christ, begin with the creation account; likewise in the Byzan- tine liturgy, the account of creation always constitutes the first reading at the vigils of the great feasts of the Lord. According to ancient witnesses the instruction of catechumens for Baptism followed the same itinerary. 119 I. C atechesis on C reation 282 Catechesis on creation is of major importance. It concerns the very foundations of human and Christian life: for it makes explicit the response of the Christian faith to the basic question 116 Gen 1:1. 117 GCD 51. 118 Gen 1:1; cf. Rom 8:18-23. 119 Cf. Egeria, Peregrinatio ad loca sancta, 46: PLS I, 1047; St. Augustine, De catechizandis rudibus 3, 5: PL 40, 256. 288 1043 1095