Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Profession of Faith 77 for God has no other reason for creating than his love and good- ness: “Creatures came into existence when the key of love opened his hand.” 136 The First Vatican Council explains: This one, true God, of his own goodness and “almighty power,” not for increasing his own beatitude, nor for attain- ing his perfection, but in order to manifest this perfection through the benefits which he bestows on creatures, with absolute freedom of counsel “and from the beginning of time, made out of nothing both orders of creatures, the spiritual and the corporeal. . . .” 137 294 The glory of God consists in the realization of this mani- festation and communication of his goodness, for which the world was created. God made us “to be his sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, ” 138 for “the glory of God is man fully alive; moreover man’s life is the vision of God: if God’s revelation through creation has already obtained life for all the beings that dwell on earth, how much more will the Word’s manifestation of the Father obtain life for those who see God.” 139 The ultimate purpose of creation is that God “who is the creator of all things may at last become ‘all in all,’ thus simultaneously assuring his own glory and our beatitude.” 140 IV. T he M ystery of C reation God creates by wisdom and love 295 We believe that God created the world according to his wisdom. 141 It is not the product of any necessity whatever, nor of blind fate or chance. We believe that it proceeds from God’s free will; he wanted to make his creatures share in his being, wisdom, and goodness: “For you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” 142 Therefore the Psalmist exclaims: “O Lord , how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all”; and “The Lord is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made.” 143 136 St. Thomas Aquinas, Sent. 2, Prol. 137 Dei Filius, 1: DS 3002; cf. Lateran Council IV (1215): DS 800. 138 Eph 1:5-6. 139 St. Irenaeus, Adv. haeres 4, 20, 7: PG 7/1, 1037. 140 AG 2; cf. 1 Cor 15:28. 141 Cf. Wis 9:9. 142 Rev 4:11. 143 Ps 104:24; 145:9. 759 2809 1722 1992 216, 1951