"Question the beauty of the earth, question the beauty of the sea, question the beauty of the air diffusing itself, question the beauty of the sky….question all these realities. All respond: 'See, we are beautiful.' Their beauty is a profession. These beauties are subject to change. Who made them if not the Beautiful One who is not subject to change? St. Augustine, Sermo 241, 2
"A society is a group of persons bound together organically by a principle of unity that goes beyond each one of them."
"God who created everything also rules everything….God's power is loving."
"God's very being is love."
"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
"When he listens to the message of creation and to the voice of conscience, man can arrive at certainty about the existence of God, the cause and end of everything."
"The Word of God and his Breath are at the origin of the being and life of every creature."
"God tirelessly calls each person to that mysterious encounter known as prayer."
"Human freedom is a force for growth and maturity in truth and goodness."
"The goal of a virtuous life is to become like God."
"Moral existence is a response to the Lord's loving initiative. It is the acknowledgement and homage given to God and a worship of thanksgiving. It is cooperation with the plan God pursues in history."
"God's parental tenderness can be expressed by the image of motherhood, which emphasizes God's immanence, the intimacy between Creator and creature."
"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."
"Man's vocation is to make God manifest by acting in conformity with His creation 'in the image and likeness of God'."
"The revelation of the ineffable name 'I Am who Am' contains the truth that God alone IS. The Greek Septuagint translation of the Hebrew Scriptures, and following it the Church's Tradition, understood the divine name in this sense: God is the fullness of Being and of every perfection….All creatures receive all that they are and have from him; but he alone IS his very being, and he is of himself everything that he is."
"The moral life is a spiritual worship."
"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.' (Acts 17:28). In the words of St. Augustine, 'God is 'higher than my highest and more inward than my innermost self.' (Confessions 3, 6, 11)"
"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."
"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."
"God is infinitely good and all his works are good."
"By deviating from the moral law man violates his own freedom, becomes imprisoned within himself, disrupts neighborly fellowship and rebels against divine truth."
"God is master of history, governing hearts and events in keeping with his will."
"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."
"Man is created with free will and is master over his acts."