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Catechism of the Catholic Church
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1 "All religions bear witness to man's essential search for God."

2 "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)"

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

4 "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."

5 "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

6 "To God, all moments of time are present in their immediacy."

7 "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."

8 "God tirelessly calls each person to that mysterious encounter known as prayer."

9 "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."

10 "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."

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

12 "The goal of a virtuous life is to become like God."

13 "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."

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

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

16 "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."

17 "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)"

18 "A society is a group of persons bound together organically by a principle of unity that goes beyond each one of them."

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

20 "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."

21 "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."

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

23 "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

24 "If God is not one, he is not God." Tertullian, Adv. Marc., 1, 3, 5

25 "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."

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