This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org
“We need first of all to foster…a contemplative outlook [which] arises from faith in the God of life, who has created every individual as a ‘wonder’” – The Gospel of Life, 83.
Reflection: There are two ways to look at a tree: we can calculate the value of the lumber, or we can be moved by the beauty of the branches. Both views have their place, but our culture has gone overboard in calculating usefulness, to the detriment of reverence. This is especially dangerous when we look at human lives for their productivity rather than their dignity.
Prayer: Lord, fill us with wonder as we contemplate human life and all your creation. Amen.