Every person, from the first moment of his or her life in the womb, has an indisputable dignity, because from all eternity, God willed, loved, created, and redeemed that person and destined him or her for eternal happiness. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “The dignity of the human person is rooted in his creation, in the Image and likeness of God” (CCC 1700). If human dignity is based solely on the successes and accomplishments of individuals, then those who are weak, sick, or helpless would have no dignity. Therefore, from the beginning until now, every man and woman bears the divine image and so bears within an inestimable dignity.

The Catholic Church has a long history of saints who helped the poor, sick, and dying. Saint Teresa of Calcutta devoted herself to this work. However, what sets her apart is the way she not only served people in need, she also dignified them. She was able to see that they had value not for what they could do or accomplish but because they radiated the image of God.

 

Prayer

Saint Teresa of Calcutta,

Jesus called you to bring the light of His love to those who live in darkness.

By tender, loving care for the poorest and the neediest, you became the sign of God’s presence, His love and compassion in the midst of suffering and pain.

Following your example, help us to recognize the face of Jesus

in our suffering brothers and sisters and to serve Him with humility and joy.

Teach us to be carriers of God’s tender love and mercy and

so bear witness that God still loves the world through each one of us.

Amen.

 

Action

Saint Teresa of Calcutta knew that we help others by recognizing and reverencing the image of God marked on their souls, and by serving Jesus in them through acts of love. Next time you have an opportunity to serve someone in need; stop and truly see Jesus through them.