Mass Market Paperbound
864 pages, 6.85 × 4.19 × 1.39 in
April 15, 1995
The Crown Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0385479670
ISBN - 13: 9780385479677
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Chapter OneMan's Capacity for GodI.The Desire for God27 The desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God; and God never ceases to draw man to himself. Only in God will he find the truth and happiness he never stops searching for:The dignity of man rests above all on the fact that he is called to communion with God. This invitation to converse with God is addressed to man as soon as he comes into being. For if man exists, it is because God has created him through love, and through love continues to hold him in existence. He cannot live fully according to truth unless he freely acknowledges that love and entrusts himself to his creator.128 In many ways, throughout history down to the present day, men have given expression to their quest for God in their religious beliefs and behavior: in their prayers, sacrifices, rituals, meditations, and so forth. These forms of religious expression, despite the ambiguities they often bring with them, are so universal that one may well call man a religious being:From one ancestor [God] made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live, so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him--though indeed he is not far from each one of us.For "in him we live and move and have our being."29 But this "intimate and vital bond of man to God" (GS 19,1) can be forgotten, overlooked, or even expli
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