To be a creature is to have an existence but not to be independent. God could not create a being, and thrust it away, so that it would be entirely outside of, and away from, God. Every creature is encompassed by the power, wisdom, goodness, and love of Him who first gave it being. The Creator's hand is the creature's home. The creature has primary, essential relations with the Creator.
-J. Teefy, C.S.B.
From Principles and Practices
Compiled by Rev. J. Hogan of The Catholic Missionary Society
Published by Burns Oates & Washbourne Ltd., Publishers To The Holy See
Nihil Obstat; Eduardus J. Mahoney, S.T.D. Censor deputatus.
Imprimatur; Edm. Can. Surmont, Vicarius generalis.
First printed in 1930