God’s Plan for Man

Father Geiermann states: “The primary object of creation must be the glory of God. Even the reprobate must contribute to it. If they will not glorify the goodness, the love, and the mercy of God by living Christian lives, they will have to glorify the justice of God for ever.”

“In justice to Himself and to His creatures God must give them the means of working out their destiny. On the one hand He might have gone to the extreme of creating man confirmed in grace or even in the enjoyment of glory. On the other hand He had to give them at least sufficient means to attain salvation. A middle course probably harmonized more with God’s infinite perfection. At any rate it pleased His holy will. Having decided on His plan, God does all in His power to bring His creatures to the perfection of that plan.”

“In the beginning He endowed mankind with the gifts of original justice and holiness, and supplied them with an easy, practical means of ensuring its possession for ever. When by the perversity of man the means of attaining his destiny were forfeited, God the Son established means of grace so superabundant in the work of the redemption that holy Church exclaims in exultation: ‘O happy fault of Adam that merited for us such a Saviour!’ . . . One reason for the Incarnation of the Son of God was that as one of us He might sympathize with us and thereby establish a bond that would draw us to Him. For the same reason God has always employed the ministry of man in dealing with man.”

“From all that God has done for man in the works of creation, redemption, and sanctification we may reasonably infer that the goodness of God has inserted the choicest blessings of heaven in His plan for all of good will, and that God takes a greater interest in the happiness of man than man does himself. The elaboration and final execution of God’s plan in the natural order is called Providence, and in the supernatural order Predestination.”

Quotations from Peter Geiermann, The Narrow Way (New York: Benziger, 1914).

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