"We can name God by taking his creatures' perfections as our starting point, 'for from the greatness and beauty of created things comes a corresponding perception of their Creator'. (Wisdom 13:5)"
"God's very being is love."
"All religions bear witness to man's essential search for God."
"The Word of God and his Breath are at the origin of the being and life of every creature."
"At every time and in every place, God draws close to man."
"God tirelessly calls each person to that mysterious encounter known as prayer."
"God is infinitely good and all his works are good."
"The One is the source of every blessing."
"By his reason, man recognizes the voice of God which urges him to do what is good and avoid what is evil. Everyone is obliged to follow this law, which makes itself heard in conscience and is fulfilled in the love of God and of neighbor. Living a moral life bears witness to the dignity of the person."
"If God is not one, he is not God." Tertullian, Adv. Marc., 1, 3, 5
"Man is created with free will and is master over his acts."
"Human freedom is a force for growth and maturity in truth and goodness."
"Every human life, from the moment of conception until death, is sacred because the human person has been willed for its own sake in the image and likeness of the living and holy God."
"The goal of a virtuous life is to become like God."
"The confession of God's oneness, which has its roots in the divine revelation of the Old Covenant, is inseparable from the profession of God's existence and is equally fundamental."
"Created in the image of the one God and equally endowed with rational souls, all people have the same nature and the same origin….All are called to participate in the same divine beatitude: all therefore enjoy an equal dignity."
"From the beginning until the end of time the whole of God's work is a blessing. From the liturgical poem of the first creation to the canticles of the heavenly Jerusalem, the inspired authors proclaim the plan of salvation as one vast divine blessing."
"Man's vocation is to make God manifest by acting in conformity with His creation 'in the image and likeness of God'."
"Man is by nature and vocation a religious being. Coming from God, going toward God, man lives a fully human life only if he freely lives by his bond with God."
"God gave himself to us through his Spirit. By the participation of the Spirit, we become communicants in the divine nature." St. Athanasius, Ep. Serap. 1, 24
"By natural reason man can know God with certanity, on the basis of his works."
"God wills the interdependence of creatures. The sun and the moon, the cedar and the little flower, the eagle and the sparrow: the spectacle of their countless diversities . . .tells us that no creature is self-sufficient. Creatures exist only in dependence on each other, to complete each other, in the service of each other."
"By deviating from the moral law man violates his own freedom, becomes imprisoned within himself, disrupts neighborly fellowship and rebels against divine truth."
"God's parental tenderness can be expressed by the image of motherhood, which emphasizes God's immanence, the intimacy between Creator and creature."
"Every human person, created in the image of God, has the natural right to be recognized as a free and responsible being. All owe to each other this duty of respect."