point, ‘for from the greatness and beauty of created things comes a corresponding perception of their Creator’.’5

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42 God transcends all creatures. We must therefore continually

purify our language of everything in it that is limited, image- bound or imperfect, if we are not to confuse our image of God — 370 ‘the inexpressible, the incomprehensible, the invisible, the Un— graspable’ — with our human representations.’6 Our human words always fall short of the mystery of God. 43 Admittedly, in speaking about God like this, our language is using human modes of expression; nevertheless it really does attain


to God himself, though unable to express him in his infinite sim

plicity. Likewise, we must recall that ‘between Creator and creature no similitude can be expressed without implying an even greater dissimilitude’;’7 and that ‘concerning God, we cannot grasp what he is, but only what he is not, and how other beings stand in relation to him.”8


44 Man is by nature and vocation a religious being. Coming from God, going toward God, man lives afully human life only ~f hefreely 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; entirelyfull of you, my l~fe will be complete’ (St Augustine, Conf. 10, 28, 39: PL32, 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 our limited language cannot exhaust the mystery.

49 ‘Without the Creator, the creature vanishes’ (CS 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.