October 16, 2013: Made by God

~by Susi Pittman

For since the creation of the world his invisible attributes are clearly seen—his everlasting power also and divinity—being understood through the things that are made. And so they are without excuse, seeing that, although they knew God, they did not glorify him as God or give thanks, but became vain in their reasonings and their senseless minds have been darkened. For while professing to be wise, they have become fools, and they have changed the glory of the incorruptible God for an image made like to corruptible man…
~Romans 1:20-23~

I use the above scripture as an introduction because of its timeless application. From generation to generation we see such as this taking place in the world of politics and power, secularism and humanism. The present is no exception, except that living in this time amplifies it to those of us present.

The scripture above references the fact that humankind is called inexcusable because we have not given glory to God by acknowledging His excellence in creatures. Therefore, God does indeed intend that His excellence should be acknowledged in creatures.

We come to powerfully understand this when we look at the mission of Jesus on earth. He was the perfect model for humankind. He makes that clear in the Book of John as he speaks to the Father; I have glorified thee on earth; I have accomplished the work that thou hast given me to do. And now do thou, Father, glorify me with thyself, with the glory that I had with thee before the world existed. ~John 17:4. The Vatican Council (Den. 1805) stated: If anyone should deny that the world was created for the glory of God, let him be anathema.

The manifestation of God’s excellence is connected with the creation of creatures. All God’s works manifest the skill of the maker and the beauty of each His excellence. Written deep within the being of every created thing is the inscription “Made by God.” It is the expression of each creature’s essence…God Himself cannot erase it.

Humankind in its care of creation is given direction by God in that care.

For you love all things that are and loathe nothing that you have made; for what you hated, you would not have fashioned. And how could a thing remain, unless you willed it; pr be preserved, had it not been called forth by you? But you spare all things, because they are yours, O Lord and lover of souls, for your imperishable spirit is in all things!
~Wisdom 11: 24-26~

God made all things because He loved them and desired their good. We take our cue in our relationship with this world and creation from the Creator.

Humankind defaults in the purpose of their creation and we make creatures default in their purpose when we do not recognize the excellence of God. The purpose of all creatures in their contact with man is to manifest to man the divine excellence.

This is the purpose of their Creator to which humankind is to defer.

To acknowledge the beauty of creation, the love for a domestic pet, the nourishing of the rain, the fragrance of a rose, the bounty of a harvest, the glory of a sunrise, the magnificence of the cosmos…and NOT acknowledge the Creator God they reflect is to be nothing but a “clanging cymbal.”

We must first learn to recognize the divine excellence in all things, then and only then will we be able to contribute the formal intrinsic glory to God which we were created to contribute.

God made all things…that His greatness might be known and acknowledged through His works.
~St. Theophilus of Antioch~

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Susi Pittman is founder of CatholicStewardsofCreation.com and Owner-President of Twin Oaks Publishing; she is author of Animals in Heaven? Catholics Want to Know!; an advocate for the Florida Catholic Conference; a member of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Council of Women in Jacksonville, Florida; an Associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph, St. Augustine;a member of the Florida Publishers Association, Independent Book Publishers Association, the National Association of Professional Women, the ASPCA, the Humane Society of the United States and the National Audubon society.

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