On Facebook, I follow Clara Ray Morton (Prayers for Clara Ray), a beautiful baby girl who was born with serious health issues that baffle doctors. Currently, she goes in and out of severe heart failure on her own, and doctors can’t explain why. Clara Ray’s parents were encouraged throughout the pregnancy with Clara Ray to kill her via abortion. Her parents were first told that she would die in the womb. When her parents refused abortion and Clara Ray neared the time of her birth, her parents were told that she would be stillborn or that she wouldn’t survive long outside the womb. “End the pregnancy. Spare yourself the pain.” That’s what the medical professionals said to encourage these parents to kill their child. But Clara Ray’s parents trusted God, prayed and asked for prayers, and now Clara Ray is a beautiful 7 month old who continues to defy doctors’ expectations.
In our society, we have lost knowledge of the value of human life. Clara Ray’s story stands in stark contrast to that of millions of other babies whose parents lacked the courage that hers display. We’ve all been told the lie about our lack of worth long enough that too many of us have come to accept it as truth! Pro-abortion proponents are even telling vulnerable mothers that to have an abortion is to be courageous!
Jesus reminds us of our worth to God. In Matthew 10:29-31, Jesus points out, “Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge. Even all the hairs of your head are counted. So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Our dignity comes from our existence as beings created in the image and likeness of God. We have dignity whether we are brilliant CEOs or are in a vegetative state. Your dignity comes not from a job or ability, but from God. It doesn’t matter what we do or don’t do, we maintain our dignity since we remain beings made in the image and likeness of God.
So, what do we do with this realization that we possess dignity from God? Change the way we treat each other and ourselves! Stop putting yourself down; God created you exactly as you are! Look out for the needs of others. Donate your excess to fill another’s need, volunteer your time and talents, provide food and clean water to those who have none, smile. Using our time, talents, and wealth to serve others is how we serve God. Pay attention to the words you use with others, too. When someone is being difficult, remind yourself that God loves that person so much that He created him or her in his own image and gave His only begotten Son for him or her. Each encounter with others and within our own soul is an encounter with God.
Never forget the truth of your true worth!
The name of this blog, Catholic Cate-Corner, is a play on the word catechesis, a fancy Church term for lessons on the faith. In this corner of the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph website, you will find a weekly mini lesson or interesting fact about the Catholic faith written by Kris Mango, who holds a master’s degree in theology from Saint Leo University and works as a communications and development specialist for the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph.