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Catechism of the Catholic Church
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1 "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)"

2 "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."

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

4 "The Word of God and his Breath are at the origin of the being and life of every creature."

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

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

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

8 "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

9 "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."

10 "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."

11 "All religions bear witness to man's essential search for God."

12 "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

13 "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."

14 "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."

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

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

17 "The moral life is a spiritual worship."

18 "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."

19 "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."

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

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

22 "God is master of history, governing hearts and events in keeping with his will."

23 "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)"

24 "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."

25 "Man's vocation is to make God manifest by acting in conformity with His creation 'in the image and likeness of God'."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite