✟ The Unity and Trinity of God ✟
The Attributes and Qualities of God
Revealed Truth (Defined Dogma)

God is actually infinite in every perfection.

Lay Catechist Notes
    Infinity is a concept that is virtually impossible for any human being to fully grasp (being finite creatures). As God does not originate from another being, and as He is in no wise composed of parts, there exists in Him no basis for a limitation of His Being." (Ludwig Ott in "Fundamental of Catholic Dogma")
Divine Revelation (Scriptural Proof)
  • 3Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised: and of his greatness there is no end. (Psalms 144:3)
  • 5Great is our Lord, and great is his power: and of his wisdom there is no number. (Psalms 146:5)
  • 47And if you salute your brethren only, what do you more? do not also the heathens this? 48Be you therefore perfect, as also your heavenly Father is perfect. (Matthew 5:47-48)
Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • 1 God, infinitely perfect and blessed in himself, in a plan of sheer goodness freely created man to make him share in his own blessed life. For this reason, at every time and in every place, God draws close to man. He calls man to seek him, to know him, to love him with all his strength. He calls together all men, scattered and divided by sin, into the unity of his family, the Church. To accomplish this, when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son as Redeemer and Savior. In his Son and through him, he invites men to become, in the Holy Spirit, his adopted children and thus heirs of his blessed life.
  • 41 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. Consequently we can name God by taking his creatures" perfections as our starting point, "for from the greatness and beauty of created things comes a corresponding perception of their Creator".
  • 370 In no way is God in man's image. He is neither man nor woman. God is pure spirit in which there is no place for the difference between the sexes. But the respective "perfections" of man and woman reflect something of the infinite perfection of God: those of a mother and those of a father and husband.
Ecumenical Council Documents
  • 1st General Council of the Vatican (1869)
    • Session 3 -¬†Chapter 1 - On God the creator of all things
      • "1. The Holy, Catholic, Apostolic and Roman Church believes and acknowledges that there is one true and living God, creator and lord of heaven and earth, almighty, eternal, immeasurable, incomprehensible, infinite in will, understanding and every perfection ."
Papal Encyclical Documents
  • Divinum Illud Munus (1897) - Divine Mission - Leo XIII
    • "6. The reason is that men, created by God to His image and likeness and destined for Him Who is infinite perfection realize today more than ever amid the most exuberant material progress, the insufficiency of earthly goods to produce true happiness either for the individual or for the nations."

  • Acerbo Nimis (1905) - Very Bitter - Pius X
    • "4. All this becomes evident on a little reflection. Christian teaching reveals God and His infinite perfection with far greater clarity than is possible by the human faculties alone. Nor is that all. This same Christian teaching also commands us to honor God by faith, which is of the mind, by hope, which is of the will, by love, which is of the heart; and thus the whole man is subjected to the supreme Maker and Ruler of all things."

  • Mediator Dei (1947) - Mediator of God - Pius XII
    • "145. To this lofty dignity of the Church's prayer, there should correspond earnest devotion in our souls. For when in prayer the voice repeats those hymns written under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost and extols God's infinite perfections , it is necessary that the interior sentiment of our souls¬†should accompany the voice so as to make those sentiments our own in which we are elevated to heaven, adoring and giving due praise and thanks to the Blessed Trinity; "so let us chant in choir that mind and voice may accord together."

  • Musicae Sacrae (1955) - Of Sacred Music - Pius XII
    • " 24. The ordination and direction of man to his ultimate end - which is God - by absolute and necessary law based on the nature and the infinite perfection of God Himself is so solid that not even God could exempt anyone from it. This eternal and unchangeable law commands that man himself and all his actions should manifest and imitate, so far as possible, God's infinite perfection for the praise and glory of the Creator."
Fathers and Doctors of the Church Documents
  • Summa Theologica - The One God (1265) - The Highest Study of God - Thomas Aquinas
    • "Whether the Will of God Is the Cause of Things?"
      • "Since, then, the Divine Being is undetermined, and contains in Himself the full perfection of being, it cannot be that He acts by a necessity of His nature, unless He were to cause something undetermined and indefinite in being: and that this is impossible has been already shown (Q. 7, A. 2). He does not, therefore, act by a necessity of His nature, but determined effects proceed from His own infinite perfection according to the determination of His will and intellect."