Tuesday, June 09, 2009

God's presence evident in all creation, Pope says


VATICAN CITY (CNS) - Pope Benedict XVI said God's presence as an orientation toward love is evident in all things, from the farthest galaxies to the human identity or "genome".

The pope spoke about the relationship between God and man at his noon blessing June 7, the feast of the Most Holy Trinity.

"God is totally and only love, love that is pure, infinite and eternal. He does not live in splendid solitude, but instead is an inexhaustible source of life that unceasingly gives itself and communicates itself," he said.

The pope said God's identity can be grasped when looking at the "macro-universe" of planets, stars and galaxies, and also at the "micro-universe" of cells, atoms and particles.

"All that exists carries the imprint of the Most Holy Trinity, because it all comes from love, tends toward love and is driven by love, naturally with different degrees of awareness and freedom," he said.

The best evidence that human beings are made in the image of the Trinity is that "only love makes us happy, because we live to love and to be loved," he said.

"Using an analogy suggested by biology, we would say that the human being carries in his very `genome' the profound trace of the trinity, of God-love," he said.

The pope said God's presence in all of creation was well expressed in Psalm 8: "Lord, our Lord, how awesome is your name through all the earth!"