"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."
"God is infinitely good and all his works are good."
"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 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 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."
"If God is not one, he is not God." Tertullian, Adv. Marc., 1, 3, 5
"God who created everything also rules everything….God's power is loving."
"Divine providence consists of the dispositions by which God guides all his creatures with wisdom and love to their ultimate end."
"The One is the source of every blessing."
"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)"
"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
"At every time and in every place, God draws close to man."
"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)"
"A society is a group of persons bound together organically by a principle of unity that goes beyond each one of them."
"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."
"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."
"Man is created with free will and is master over his acts."
"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."
"Man's vocation is to make God manifest by acting in conformity with His creation 'in the image and likeness of God'."
"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."
"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."
"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."