Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Profession of Faith 79 “image of the invisible God,” is destined for and addressed to man, himself created in the “image of God” and called to a personal relationship with God. 152 Our human understanding, which shares in the light of the divine intellect, can understand what God tells us by means of his creation, though not without great effort and only in a spirit of humility and respect before the Creator and his work. 153 Because creation comes forth from God’s goodness, it shares in that goodness—“And God saw that it was good . . . very good” 154 —for God willed creation as a gift addressed to man, an inheritance destined for and entrusted to him. On many occasions the Church has had to defend the goodness of creation, including that of the physical world. 155 God transcends creation and is present to it 300 God is infinitely greater than all his works: “You have set your glory above the heavens.” 156 Indeed, God’s “greatness is unsearchable.” 157 But because he is the free and sovereign Creator, the first cause of all that exists, God is present to his creatures’ inmost being: “In him we live and move and have our being.” 158 In the words of St. Augustine, God is “higher than my highest and more inward than my innermost self.” 159 God upholds and sustains creation 301 With creation, God does not abandon his creatures to themselves. He not only gives them being and existence, but also, and at every moment, upholds and sustains them in being, enables them to act and brings them to their final end. Recognizing this utter dependence with respect to the Creator is a source of wisdom and freedom, of joy and confidence: For you love all things that exist, and detest none of the things that you have made; for you would not have made anything if you had hated it. How would anything have endured, if you had not willed it? Or how would anything not called forth by you have been preserved? You spare all 152 Col 1:15; Gen 1:26. 153 Cf. Ps 19:2-5; Job 42:3. 154 Gen 1:4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 31. 155 Cf. DS 286; 455-463; 800; 1333; 3002. 156 Ps 8:2; cf. Sir 43:28. 157 Ps 145:3. 158 Acts 17:28. 159 St. Augustine, Conf. 3, 6, 11: PL 32, 688. 41, 1147 358 2415 42 223 1951 396