As I reflect on the message of The Visible World (CCC pg. 98), I am once again confronted with man’s inability to fully appreciate and accept the love of God. Catholic Catechism clearly stresses that all life must respect creation in accordance with the nature of its being.
“Each of the various creatures willed in its own being, reflects in its own way a ray of God’s infinite wisdom and goodness.” (CCC pg. 98) Our intelligence as human beings therefore is good, so long as it directs itself back to its source, God the creator.
When we fail to keep our priorities straight, side-stepping the Ten Commandments or neglecting the gift of life in some small way, we short change ourselves. The gift of life is not a free pass to do whatever we want. It is a calling to accept that we were loved enough to be created, and share that love with others. It is bound by a duty to respect and affirm all creation, recognizing the Hand of God who made it.