In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth…

My, how time flies when one is having fun. I started this morning reading the “readings for the day” and Mother Church has us for the next 9 weekdays reading from Genesis. Today’s reading stops at the end of the 4th day of creation and the last of the nine days we will read about Noah and God’s promise to never destroy the earth again – our first rainbow.

The very first words of our Bible tell that in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. My mind, the way it wonders, started thinking of a recent discussion my wife is having with a few people about the theory of evolution. They profess that Darwin’s theory is the end all, be all explanation and my wife – who I consider a well-read, well informed expert on this topic, falls more into the Intelligent Design theory. My wife still teaches Darwin’s theory of evolution but my wife has always taught science in the light of the understanding of her faith. Science and faith are not enemies of each other but rather the discoveries found in science should only enhance our belief and faith in God, not separate us from Him…that is how I would explain my wife’s theory of science and faith.

So where does the Catholic Church stand on this matter? I have found a few articles that you can read and then I will post what our Catechism states…

http://www.uscatholic.org/articles/201508/do-catholics-believe-evolution-30288

https://www.catholic.com/tract/adam-eve-and-evolution

And our very first catechism…

I. The life of man – to know and love God

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 Saviour. 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.

Do something great for our Lord today – thank Him for all of creation.

God’s will, not mine, be done.

Be not afraid; just have faith.

Jesus, I trust in You.

He must increase; I must decrease.

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