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PRESENCE OF GOD

The existence of God acting in favor of his creatures. "God is in things, first, because He is their cause, secondly because He is the object of their activity, as the known in the knower and as the desired in the lover, and this . . . which is proper to human souls, is God's special presence by grace to rational creatures who know Him and love Him actually or habitually" (St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, I, VIII, 3). Cultivating the awareness of God's presence in the soul, and in the event of divine providence, is essential for growth in the spiritual life.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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