Chapter 1: Man’s Capacity for God

I signed up for an email service that sends a piece of the Catholic Catechism each day. Today’s is the end and summary of Chapter 1. For the Catholics and non-Catholics, I thought it might be of interest.

Chapter 1: Man’s Capacity for God (27 – 49)


44 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.

45 Man is made to live in communion with God in whom he finds happiness: When I am completely united to you, there will be no more sorrow or trials; entirely full of you, my life will be complete (St. Augustine, Conf. 10, 28, 39: PL 32, 795).

46 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 the end of everything.

47 The Church teaches that the one true God, our Creator and Lord, can be known with certainty from his works, by the natural light of human reason (cf. Vatican Council I, can. 2 § 1: DS 3026),

48 We really can name God, starting from the manifold perfections of his creatures, which are likenesses of the infinitely perfect God, even if our limited language cannot exhaust the mystery.

49 Without the Creator, the creature vanishes (GS 36). This is the reason why believers know that the love of Christ urges them to bring the light of the living God to those who do not know him or who reject him.

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4 responses to “Chapter 1: Man’s Capacity for God

  1. Christianity ain’t no sissy religion. It embraces the full reality of all the suffering and catastrophe we will find in this world, but when you ask the BIG question: “What’s this all about, then?,” the answer is right there at the beginning of the Catechism. We really were made for happiness, and the only way to real, enduring happiness in this life and the next, regardless of what others may do or what disastrous mistakes we may make, is to remain united in spirit with the One who loved us first and through whose eyes everything makes sense but without whom nothing makes sense. Thanks for this reminder, Chrissy! 🙂


    • chrissythehyphenated

      Well said, Grunt. I esp like St. Augustine’s “entirely full of you, my life will be complete.” 🙂 This message paired up well with thoughts I was having from my reading in Judges where the recurring theme is that Israel enjoys peace until it “does evil in the sight of God” by worshiping the “Baals and Ashtarts” (i.e., male and female false gods). It really is ALL ABOUT GOD.

      I also love “Ashtarts” … I have no idea what the word meant in the language where it originated, but in English, it speaks volumes, especially these days considering how the Dems have sold their souls to sex and abortion “without limits and without shame.”

      Tart is another word for slut. The Left reduces women to their “female parts” (minus the uterus of course), as if nothing but orgasms matter in life.

      Ash is the dirty debris left after a fire. One of the most heinous acts of demon worship is human sacrifice. The Bible tells that worshipers of Moloch threw babies into their altar fires while they were still alive.


      • I certainly agree about St. Augustine. And, you have a point about the “ashtarts!” Chrissy, you and Bob, and your love of wordplay are just hilarious. Being a visual engineer-type guy, who hates words and can barely speak 1-1/4 languages, I’m usually really intimidated by “Scrabble Yodas.” But it’s a delight learning so much from you gals. 🙂


        • chrissythehyphenated

          Well, I have to use a calculator to subtract pretty much anything. My mind simply will not work backwards with numbers. The BC dates make me nuts. I like words, because I know from the shape when they’re spelled properly and I love all the nuances and sounds. Numbers, ick. I mean, 14820 is a number, but so is 18024. I just can’t like it! LOL