Catechism of the Catholic Church

94 Part One man is ordered to a supernatural end and that his soul can gratui­ tously be raised beyond all it deserves to communion with God. 238 368 The spiritual tradition of the Church also emphasizes the heart, in the biblical sense of the depths of one’s being, where the person decides for or against God. 239 III. “M ale and F emale H e C reated T hem ” Equality and difference willed by God 369 Man and woman have been created, which is to say, willed by God: on the one hand, in perfect equality as human persons; on the other, in their respective beings as man and woman. “Being man” or “being woman” is a reality which is good and willed by God: man and woman possess an inalienable dignity which comes to them immediately from God their Creator. 240 Man and woman are both with one and the same dignity “in the image of God.” In their “being-man” and “being-woman,” they reflect the Creator’s wisdom and goodness. 370 In no way is God in man’s image. He is neither man nor woman. God is pure spirit in which there is no place for the difference between the sexes. But the respective “perfections” of man and woman reflect some- thing of the infinite perfection of God: those of a mother and those of a father and husband. 241 “Each for the other”—“A unity in two” 371 God created man and woman together and willed each for the other. The Word of God gives us to understand this through various features of the sacred text. “It is not good that the man should be alone. I will make him a helper fit for him.” 242 None of the animals can be man’s partner. 243 The woman God “fashions” from the man’s rib and brings to him elicits on the man’s part a cry of wonder, an exclamation of love and communion: “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh.” 244 Man discovers woman as another “I,” sharing the same humanity. 238 Cf. Vatican Council I, Dei Filius: DS 3005; GS 22 § 5; Humani generis: DS 3891. 239 Cf. Jer 31:33; Deut 6:5; 29:3; Isa 29:13; Ezek 36:26; Mt 6:21; Lk 8:15; Rom 5:5. 240 Cf. Gen 2:7, 22. 241 Cf. Isa 49:14-15; 66:13; Ps 131:2-3; Hos 11:1-4; Jer 3:4-19. 242 Gen 2:18. 243 Gen 2:19-20. 244 Gen 2:23. 478,582,1431 1764, 2517 2562, 2843 2331-2336 42, 239 1605