Second Reflection

Discover Your Own Dignity

The question “Who am I?“ follows us throughout our lifetime. We ask this as we engage within our family, our circle of friends, our ministry, and in community. We find it important as to what others think of us and how they appreciate and value us. We need people who will accompany and strengthen us in the search for our true self. Only through the You, the other, do we become more and more the person we are called to be. Relationship is always a mutual choosing and being chosen. „The basic words I‐You can only be articulated within our whole being. … I become myself with the You, as we become I.” [Martin Buber: Ich und Du, (I and You) 1923] Affection and appreciation of our fellow human beings strengthens our „basic trust.“ Becoming a full human being happens gradually. The last answer to the question of who am I does not come “from outside of myself.” This answer will come through me in my unique dignity as a beloved child of God.
The Catholic social teachings express this very clearly and explicitly. Each human being is created in the image and likeness of God. This is the reason why the dignity within each person must be respected; whether it is the unborn child in the womb of its mother, a child thrown out as trash in a slum area, or a murderer who has been sentenced for life in prison.
We believe that every life is sacred from conception to death, that people are more important than things, and that each institution is measured by how it protects and respects the life and dignity of human beings. This belief is rooted in the deep trust that we have been given through the You of God. This calls us to live and act as upright people.

Just for reflection:
Who has accompanied me on my way of becoming the person I am?
Who could and would I like to thank for that?