The Church's Rich Teachings about Creation


God has given humans the inexpressible privilege of working with Him to perfect and complete His work of creation. The Church teaches that the end of the universe is its final destination in Christ, and that God has given us, His creatures made uniquely in His image, the vocation to bring it as a final offering to the Lamb at the end of time. "The universe was created in a state of journeying (in statu viae) toward an ultimate perfection yet to be attained, to which God has destined it." Catechism of the Catholic Church, #302. "The ultimate purpose of other creatures is not to be found in us. Rather, all creatures are moving forward with us and through us towards a common point of arrival, which is God, in that transcendent fullness where the risen Christ embraces and illumines all things. Human beings, endowed with intelligence and love, and drawn by the fullness of Christ, are called to lead all creatures back to their creator." Laudato Si #83.

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