Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Profession of Faith 83 by the sins of all men—God, by his grace that “abounded all the more,” 179 brought the greatest of goods: the glorification of Christ and our redemption. But for all that, evil never becomes a good. 313 “We know that in everything God works for good for those who love him.” 180 The constant witness of the saints confirms this truth: St. Catherine of Siena said to “those who are scandalized and rebel against what happens to them”: “Everything comes from love, all is ordained for the salvation of man, God does nothing without this goal in mind.” 181 St. Thomas More, shortly before his martyrdom, consoled his daughter: “Nothing can come but that that God wills. And I make me very sure that whatsoever that be, seem it never so bad in sight, it shall indeed be the best.” 182 Dame Julian of Norwich: “Here I was taught by the grace of God that I should steadfastly keep me in the faith . . . and that at the same time I should takemy stand on and earnestly believe in what our Lord shewed in this time—that ‘all manner [of] thing shall be well.’” 183 314 We firmly believe that God is master of the world and of its history. But the ways of his providence are often unknown to us. Only at the end, when our partial knowledge ceases, when we see God “face to face,” 184 will we fully know the ways by which— even through the dramas of evil and sin—God has guided his creation to that definitive sabbath rest 185 for which he created heaven and earth. IN BRIEF 315 In the creation of the world and of man, God gave the first and universal witness to his almighty love and his wisdom, the first proclamation of the “plan of his loving goodness,” which finds its goal in the new creation in Christ. 179 Cf. Rom 5:20. 180 Rom 8:28. 181 St. Catherine of Siena, Dialogue on Providence, ch. IV, 138. 182 The Correspondence of Sir Thomas More, ed. Elizabeth F. Rogers (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1947), letter 206, lines 661-663. 183 Julian of Norwich, The Revelations of Divine Love, tr. James Walshe, SJ (London: 1961), ch. 32, 99-100. 184 1 Cor 13:12. 185 Cf. Gen 2:2. 1994 227 1040 2550