(If they are capable of investigating the world, how have they been so slow to find its Master?)
Naturally stupid are all men who have not known God
from the good things that are seen,
have not been able to
or, by studying the works,
have failed to recognise the Artificer.
or the swift air,
the sphere of the stars,
are what they have held to be
the gods who govern the world.
If, charmed by their beauty,
they have taken things for gods,
let them know
how much the Lord of these excels them,
since the very Author of beauty
has created them.
And if they have been impressed
by their power and energy,
let them deduce from these
how much mightier is he that has formed them,
since through the grandeur and beauty
of the creatures we may,
contemplate their Author.
attaches to these men,
for perhaps they only go astray
in their search for God
and their eagerness to find him;
living among his works,
they strive to comprehend them
and fall victim to appearances,
seeing so much beauty.
Even so, they are not to be excused:
if they are capable of acquiring enough knowledge
to be able to investigate the world,
how have they been slow to find its Master?
The word of the Lord.
R.) Thanks be to God.