The Dignity of the Human Person – The Amped Version

(I posted this on my parish blog, but with less strong wording, that is why this is the amped version.)

If there is ever a phrase tossed around, often with the very best intent, in the Roman Catholic world, it is the “dignity of the human person.”

But what do most of us do to honor that dignity? Very little, I’m afraid.

I think of how my pastor, Fr. Pat has often reminded us the words of Pope John Paul II who said, “Christianity is the attitude of awe at the dignity of the human person.”

We talk about dignity but what do we do? We find it incredibly easy to vilify people as individuals and those in groups. If we are honest, we all do it in some way. I have seen some behavior on Catholic blogs and Facebook lately that have shaken me to the core.

Yet I cannot imagine my life without Eucharist, without my church. I ask out loud to my brothers and sisters… what is our mission and ministry? Why am I here? Why are we here?

To love one another. To love one another. I’m not talking about some crazy kumbaya, hand holding lovefest. I am talking about love in action, love as decision, love as commitment. Are any of us capable of this? I’d like to think that I am but honestly, I am not so sure.

We are all amazingly capable of anger, name calling, vilification and more. Who do we want to tear down? If we are conservative we tear down liberals. If we are liberal we tear down conservatives. This can be applied to any group – race, color, creed, political leaning, faith, sexual orientation/gender and societal position. And I won’t even say much about what people say about people in unions.

What the hell are we doing?

This video shows love, compassion, transformation and the restoration of dignity in a way that is Christlike. This man may not be Catholic or even Christian, but he bears the message of Christ in a most powerful way. Take the almost 3 minutes to watch it if you can, you won’t regret it. (h/t to Deacon Greg Kandra.) 

5 thoughts on “The Dignity of the Human Person – The Amped Version

  1. Fran, I love you for many reasons, but as exemplified in this post — today I love you for your raw authenticity. You push me to find who lives under the layers of hurtful experience that lives in my soul. I still think of the post from awhile back, where readers had such strong reaction with your statement that dealt with "the middle". If we let ourselves stand in judgment from others, you can be "conservative" and get it from the "left" and vice-versa. Then if you find the truth somewhere in the "middle" — you are accused of having no integrity and not taking a stand. The more I read, the more I'm learning to let the vitrolic rantings we sometimes see in blogs and elsewhere — exist without me. I often learn from people that have differing viewpoints, but hateful rhetoric doesn't contribute to making me a better person.My heart tells me that you're on the right track — you always inspire me and you consistently lead me with you words.Being rawly authentic is painful, but know that your pain isn't in vain.Also, thanks for sharing the video. Each day I try and serve a little more than the day before. It's like that old saying "if we all share what we have, we'll all have enough. Love you, jer…


  2. Thank you for the honest way you speak about those things that many times we would like to forget about. I know these are difficult times for you and Mark and be assured I am thinking about you and praying for you and your sister-in-law. Thanks also for your comments to both Christine's and my blog.


  3. I read not long ago something about community being about working and praying with people you neither love nor like — and probably learning to love them and like them in the end.I have become allergic to negative folks and find I live very well without listening to them :-)Thank you for this blog.Praying for you both and your sister-in-law.


  4. Thanks for the comments. We are called – and called loudly at that – into action for Christ. That is somewhat easier said than done. Yet, we all keep trying.


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