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Catechism of the Catholic Church
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1 "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."

2 "The dignity of man rests above all on the fact that he is called to communion with God. This invitation to converse with God is addressed to man as soon as he comes into being….God has created him through love, and through love continues to hold him in existence." Vatical Council II, 'Gaudium et spes', 19, 1

3 "Human freedom is a force for growth and maturity in truth and goodness."

4 "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."

5 "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."

6 "God calls each one by name. (cf. Isaiah 43:1)"

7 "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."

8 "The moral life is a spiritual worship."

9 "God is infinitely good and all his works are good."

10 "By deviating from the moral law man violates his own freedom, becomes imprisoned within himself, disrupts neighborly fellowship and rebels against divine truth."

11 "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)"

12 "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."

13 "God's parental tenderness can be expressed by the image of motherhood, which emphasizes God's immanence, the intimacy between Creator and creature."

14 "Divine providence consists of the dispositions by which God guides all his creatures with wisdom and love to their ultimate end."

15 "The One is the source of every blessing."

16 "God who created everything also rules everything….God's power is loving."

17 "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

18 "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

19 "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."

20 "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."

21 "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."

22 "Deep within his conscience man discovers a law which he has not laid upon himself but which he must obey. Its voice, ever calling him to love and to do what is good and to avoid evil, sounds in his heart at the right moment….For man has in his heart a law inscribed by God….His conscience is man's most secret core and his sanctuary. There he is alone with God whose voice echoes in his depths."

23 "Man is created with free will and is master over his acts."

24 "God's very being is love."

25 "At every time and in every place, God draws close to man."

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