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Catechism of the Catholic Church

"You are merciful to all, for you can do all thing" 108

270 God is the Father Almighty, whose fatherhood and power shed light on one another: God reveals his fatherly omnipotence by the way he takes care of our needs; by the filial adoption that he gives us ("I will be a father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty"): 109 finally by his infinite mercy, for he displays his power at its height by freely forgiving sins.

271 God's almighty power is in no way arbitrary: "In God, power, essence, will, intellect, wisdom, and justice are all identical. Nothing therefore can be in God's power which could not be in his just will or his wise intellect." 110


108 Wis 11:23.

109 2 Cor 6:18; cf. Mt 6:32.

110 St. Thomas Aquinas, STh I, 25, 5, ad I.

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