“Human life is a gift of immeasurable worth, and it deserves, always and everywhere, to be treated with the utmost dignity and respect.” –Mother Teresa
I know I’m a little behind on the blog for life trend that has been going on today, I guess I’m the only one who doesn’t have my life in order, but hey, what’s new?
Today during daily mass Prior Jeremy told us that the Bishops granted permission for the priests to celebrate mass for the thanksgiving of life. Therefore, instead of wearing the traditional green vestments for ordinary time Prior Jeremy wore white to celebrate and thank God for the life we have been given.
Prior Jeremy’s homily talked of the beauty and sanctity of life, and about our job as living human beings to defend this sanctity.
We are alive only because God, with His unfailing love and grace, willed us to be alive—that’s it. And so in “payment” or at least thanksgiving for this life He has given us, we should fight with everything we have, to keep it respected and honored.
I have seen first hand the different sides of the beauty of life in my 22 years of living (almost 23—and if anyone is wanting to get be a birthday present, just let me know, I have some ideas).
The first time I really, truly realized how precious life is was when my Dad died at the age of 49 years old. This is an incredibly young age for a father to die—too young, if you ask me. The reality of death being instant and irreversible makes you realize how much a single life impacted you. After someone has died you become so grateful for their presence in your life, but it also makes you very sad because you start to see how you never truly appreciated them when they were alive, and you know there is so much more you could have done and said.
The second time was when I found out my former roommate was pregnant and was almost deceived by the culture of death’s lie that she was unable to be a mother and her child was unwanted. Because of her strength and the grace God gave her, she made the courageous decision to keep her baby. This baby (now toddler) is not a burden, like society says unplanned pregnancies will be, but she is a beautiful rose shining in the culture of death around her.
Prior Jeremy said our job is not to change the law, but to change the culture—the way everyone see’s life, and with that laws will find their way.
I think the problem with our culture is not only that we do not recognize the beauty of every child in the mother’s womb, but we also don’t treat each other with the dignity we deserve.
Mother T. says that “human life is a gift of immeasurable worth,” but do we always treat it like it is? I know I don’t. There are many times in a single day that I forget about the worth of the human being I am talking to, sitting next to in class, or eating lunch with. I tend to forget that they are just as wonderful and beautiful in the eyes of God as I am. I think that we, as a society, forget that a lot. Personally, I know I get trapped in thinking that I am the only person who matters sometimes, and the only thing I have to worry about it taking care of me and making sure I get everything I want—what a sick lie the devil has placed in my head.
Life is so much more than getting what I want. Life is living out the beauty God has given you and helping others see the beauty He has placed in them.
We have this preconceived notion in our minds that everything is supposed to be easy, and when it’s not we can just get rid of the things that stand in our way. We are told to be selfish to get what we want so we can succeed in our own life goals. Yet many times our own life goals do not match up to the plan God has for us, and instead of accepting his plan we are willing to turn to extreme actions, such as killing a child, to get things back on our path.
As a society we are selfish. I know that sounds harsh, but in my experience I’ve found that to be true. Everything is focused on the individual and I truly believe this is why it’s so difficult to convince everyone of the dignity of unborn life. We just can’t see how that unwanted life is just as important as our own.
The selfishness in my life has not made things easier; in fact it makes things much more difficult than they should be.
Because of my selfishness, death has become an unremarkable painful experience. Instead of seeing it as my Dad becoming free of his suffering and entering into the eternal bliss of heaven, I view it as an unnecessary event that has made my life harder, sadder and more painful. I feel cheated because I didn’t get what I want and I didn’t get to say or do all I wanted to. I feel guilty because I realize my selfishness when he was alive and I want to take it all back.
My selfishness is not the answer, and I have a hard time believing that anyone can truly say that being 100 percent selfish has ever brought them true happiness.
The March for Life on Washington today was, first and foremost a march to defend the rights of those who cannot defend themselves—the unborn. Yet sadly, I fear the law that attacks them is never going to change unless our nation, as a whole, not just 10,000 people marching, demands it to change, and the only way we will do that is if we put aside our selfish desires and look upon others with the “utmost dignity and respect” they deserve.
“Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.”
— Mother Teresa