It is Good that You Exist Reflection on Life By Father Stefan

 

It is Good that You Exist

I remember first reading John Paul’s II Encyclical letter, “The Gospel of Life.” One of many things that struck me in that letter was that it is simply good to exist,  “incomparable value of every human person. “ (gospel of life par 2)

It seems that we put some much emphasis on quality of life that we often forget that it is simply good that we exist.  Sometime we put so much emphasis on “quality of life” that we can send the message that if someone is poor, homeless then their life is of less value.

We are to have the mind of Christ.  It makes me think of the Gospel Story when Jesus commented on the women who put two coins into the temple collection. Jesus said to his disciples, “This widow put in more than all the others for she has given out of her need, but all the others gave out of their surplus.” (Luke 21 1-4)

This widow is an image of a poor woman who chooses life. The world says that her baby is of less value. This makes me think of this quote from Mother Theresa, “How can there be too many children? That is like saying there are too many flowers.”

Jesus would look at this woman as he looked at the poor widow who put in the two coins in the temple collection. Jesus would have commented on her remarkable faith.

At the Paul Stefan Home all of our mothers are homeless. We have seen the beauty of many babies coming into the world that might not have been born.  But we have also seen babies born sick, and in some cases living only a few day and going to God.

One of the things that we all have in common is suffering.  A rich woman who lives on Park Avenue and a poor woman both share the same suffering when they lose their baby.  This is one of the reasons that Jesus had to suffer on the cross because it is in our suffering that we understand each other. It is in suffering that we learn how to love.

I have seen such love and beauty. So many of these moms sacrifice themselves for their children. They exemplify this quote from Mother Theresa, “A life not lived for others is not a life.”

In a world of so much depression and sadness may we hear Jesus say to us, “It is good that you exist.” When we come to see our goodness then we can see more clearly the goodness of every single life.

Father Stefan

Spiritual Advisor of the Paul Stefan Home

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