The term “Father” signifies that God is the source of all creation. He is also called the Almighty, which reveals his omnipotence and omniscience. However, he is not a remote Creator, but a loving Father, who is involved at every stage of his creation.
God the Father therefore has a parental relationship with all his children. This is expressed by both fatherhood and motherhood, showing that he transcends the human distinction between the roles, and emphasising the intimacy between God and us, his children.
The Catholic faith is the body of belief held by Catholics. It has been revealed in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who leaves it for us as our means of salvation.
Speaking to his Father in the power of the Holy Spirit just before he died on the Cross, Christ exclaimed, “Father, … this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” (John 17,3). Such knowledge is the purpose of every Catholic’s existence. It is left to the Church as the deposit of faith, consisting of everything taught to the apostles by Our Lord and passed on by the same apostles. Built on the foundation stones of Saint Peter and the apostles, with Christ as the cornerstone, and commanded by Our Lord to, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28,19), the Church has a divine mandate to pass the faith on, to catechise, in a way that is faithful to the Tradition established by Christ and guaranteed by the Magisterium of the Church to be true.
The knowledge that the Catholic faith gives is not, however, a merely intellectual knowledge. More importantly, it gives us a living relationship with Jesus Christ. Through soaking ourselves in the faith of the Church, we become holy, and inspired to live not just for ourselves but for God and for our neighbour. This is the purpose of our existence.
We also know, through the gift of faith, that this earthly life is a preparation ground for the bliss of heaven. So knowing God by faith can inspire us to live for him at every moment, despite the problems we all face, because we know that he is waiting for us in heaven. And the good news is that all men and women are destined for heaven, where, as Saint Augustine of Hippo said, “There will be no more sorrow or trials”, and where we will see God face-to-face.