All things reflect God’s perfection

by Kevin Birnbaum

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

All creatures bear a certain resemblance to God, most especially man, created in the image and likeness of God. The manifold perfections of creatures—their truth, their goodness, their beauty—all reflect the infinite perfection of God. (CCC 41)

This passage comes in the context of explaining how we can speak meaningfully about God (“We can name God only by taking creatures as our starting point, and in accordance with our limited human ways of knowing and thinking”), but it speaks also to the inherent dignity and worth of all created things. None of this stuff needs to exist, but it does—and it has beauty, truth, and goodness, to boot!—just because God Almighty wants it to.