"God tirelessly calls each person to that mysterious encounter known as prayer."
"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."
"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)"
"The moral life is a spiritual worship."
"Divine providence consists of the dispositions by which God guides all his creatures with wisdom and love to their ultimate end."
"Each creature possesses its own particular goodness and perfection….Each of the various creatures, willed in its own being, reflects in its own way a ray of God's infinite wisdom and goodness."
"Man is created with free will and is master over his acts."
"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)"
"God calls each one by name. (cf. Isaiah 43:1)"
"The goal of a virtuous life is to become like God."
"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."
"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."
"The Word of God and his Breath are at the origin of the being and life of every creature."
"The One is the source of every 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."
"If God is not one, he is not God." Tertullian, Adv. Marc., 1, 3, 5
"God's parental tenderness can be expressed by the image of motherhood, which emphasizes God's immanence, the intimacy between Creator and creature."
"By love, God has revealed himself and given himself to humanity. He has thus provided the definitive, superabundant answer to the questions that man asks himself about the meaning and purpose of his life."
"By virtue of his soul and his spiritual powers of intellect and will, man is endowed with freedom, an outstanding manifestation of the divine image."
"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."
"By natural reason man can know God with certanity, on the basis of his works."
"Human freedom is a force for growth and maturity in truth and goodness."
"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."
"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."