Our Innate Desire for God

Summary of Catechism paragraphs 27-49:

  • The desire for God is written in the human heart, for we are created by God and for God, who never ceases to draw us to Himself.
  • The human person is thus, at the core, a religious being.
  • This truth has been expressed throughout human history, in a variety of forms across every age and culture around the world.
  • People in ancient times developed an awareness of God by perceiving the orderly beauty of the natural world, and pondering the wonders of the universe.
  • Our interior life also prompts us to seek our Creator – through our ability to be moved by beauty, our innate sense of justice, our longing for the infinite, our thoughts that soar beyond ourselves.
  • Our intellect, our ability to reason, has always played a vital role in discerning these natural motives for belief.
  • Because the truth of God’s existence is accessible to human reason, we can dialogue with scientists, philosophers, people of other faiths, and non-believers.
  • With our innate capacity for God, we are made for more than just gathering clues from nature: humankind is designed to receive divine revelation, God’s own self-communication, and to enter into personal relationship with Him.
  • God willed to reveal Himself in order to build upon, and complete, what we can discern of Him from our natural reason.

Live Your Faith

Every day we can glimpse the divine, or detect a whisper of the infinite. Nor does this happen only during prayer time. Our souls can be touched in a myriad of ways, whether through a majestic sunset, the face of a baby, or beautiful music. Let us learn to pay attention to these gentle reminders that we have a profound capacity for spiritual experiences.