Catechism of the Catholic Church

84 Part One 316 Though the work of creation is attributed to the Father in particular, it is equally a truth of faith that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit together are the one, indivisible principle of creation. 317 God alone created the universe freely, directly, and without any help. 318 No creature has the infinite power necessary to “cre- ate” in the proper sense of the word, that is, to produce and give being to that which had in no way possessed it (to call into existence “out of nothing”) (cf. DS 3624). 319 God created the world to show forth and communi- cate his glory. That his creatures should share in his truth, goodness, and beauty—this is the glory for which God created them. 320 God created the universe and keeps it in existence by his Word, the Son “upholding the universe by his word of power” ( Heb 1:3) andby his Creator Spirit, the giver of life. 321 Divine providence consists of the dispositions by which God guides all his creatures with wisdom and love to their ultimate end. 322 Christ invites us to filial trust in the providence of our heavenly Father (cf. Mt 6:26-34), and St. Peter the apostle repeats: “Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares about you” ( 1 Pet 5:7; cf. Ps 55:23). 323 Divine providence works also through the actions of creatures. To human beings God grants the ability to cooperate freely with his plans. 324 The fact that God permits physical and even moral evil is a mystery that God illuminates by his Son Jesus Christ who died and rose to vanquish evil. Faith gives us the certainty that God would not permit an evil if he did not cause a good to come from that very evil, by ways that we shall fully know only in eternal life.