Living the sacred and supernatural

July 2, 2013 § 2 Comments

In the midst of research for a new project, I had occasion to revisit Blessed John Paul II’s encyclical Evangelium Vitae. For months I’ve been walking around with a thought in my head that I have had trouble putting into words, but which I’ve wanted to write about or express to students, and it’s perfectly captured in this paragraph:

Man is called to a fullness of life which far exceeds the dimensions of his  earthly existence, because it consists in sharing the very life of God. The loftiness of this supernatural vocation reveals the greatness and the inestimable value of human life even in its temporal phase. Life in time, in fact, is the fundamental condition, the initial stage and an integral part of the entire unified process of human existence. It is a process which, unexpectedly and undeservedly, is enlightened by the promise and renewed by the gift of divine life, which will reach its full realization in eternity (cf. 1 Jn 3:1-2). At the same time, it is precisely this supernatural calling which highlights the relative character of each individual’s earthly life. After all, life on earth is not an “ultimate” but a “penultimate” reality; even so, it remains a sacred reality entrusted to us, to be preserved with a sense of responsibility and brought to perfection in love and in the gift of ourselves to God and to our brothers and sisters. (Par. 2)

See rest, here.

How would our lives be different if we lived these truths every second? What would happen if we woke up every day, in the midst of our anxieties and concerns, and reminded ourselves of our supernatural vocation and the gift of our breath and our consciousness?

Posted by Matt Emerson.

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