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46. The Beginning of Creatures

1. Only God is necessarily eternal. Now, absolutelyspeaking, God could create from eternity, so that creatures shouldexist without a beginning. But God does not need to create frometernity, nor, for that matter, does God need to create at all. Andin creatures we discover no reason for supposing that God hascreated from eternity.

2. By revelation (Gen. 1:1) we know that God's eternal will and decree to create are a will and decree to create in time.For, "In the beginning, God created heaven and earth.. . ." But apart from revelation and our faith, we cannot prove that the world did not always exist; that is, that God did not create from eternity. But we can prove that even a beginningless world is a created world, a caused world. For eternal matter, if it existed, would not be causeless matter; it would still have being by participation and not by necessity.

3. God created in the beginning of time. Time itself came into existence with the creation of things.

"The essence of perfection is to embrace the will of God in all things, prosperous or adverse. In prosperity, even sinners find it easy to unite themselves to the divine will; but it takes saints to unite themselves to God's will when things go wrong and are painful to self-love. Our conduct in such instances is the measure of our love of God."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"Before a man chooses his confessor, he ought to think well about it, and pray about it also; but when he has once chosen, he ought not to change, except for most urgent reasons, but put the utmost confidence in his director."
St Philip Neri

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"Does our conduct correspond with our Faith?"
The Cure D'Ars

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