Nature is Not Profane

Nature cannot compare with the infinite, the transcendent, the eternal; but this does not mean God created us to denigrate, or abuse it. Our feelings do not determine truth, or replace the law that God has placed in our hearts; but that does not make our feelings meaningless. Human beings are the apex of God’s creation on Earth, the object of his desire, such that he joined himself to humankind in order to save them; yet this does not mean that we are to treat our natural environment as King Herod treated John the Baptist, doing with him whatever he pleased. Marriage is a spiritual fellowship, a partnership of embodied souls, that goes far beyond the physical; but this does not mean that biology is arbitrary, or that one can exclude the creation of life as the most basic and primary telos of marriage, because one wishes it. We cannot save our selves by our own efforts, our natures cannot bear such a task; but without our natural gifts, there would be nothing for God to save. The glory of the human person is the use of his reason, whereby he communicates his thoughts, passions and loves to his fellow man, and to God; but this does not mean the person who is disabled, or born with birth defects, or as yet unborn, unable to use that rational faculty, are so much refuse to be discarded when those who can use that faculty see fit to do so. We were made for the infinite, triune God that created us, and he is our end, our destiny; but without the constraints and restraints that nature imposes upon us, we limited beings would simply cease to exist-like the world itself before God set it motion, without form and void. I myself have desired to profane my own nature, and do so repeatedly; I have desired all these things, despising myself and my own kind, wishing to be rid of the limitations placed upon me by nature.   We all desire more, but now we must sojourn in this earthly body, and so let us conduct ourselves as St. Paul enjoins us to, as the sons and daughters of God-not defying our own nature, but embracing it.  We may grow angry, we may kick against the pricks; we may pour out our bitter complaint to God for our limitations, which cause us so much grief.  That much at least is our right.  But let us also be thankful for them, for they make us who we are, the person, the human being that God has so awfully and wonderfully made.

 

 

Alypius Minor

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~ by Alypius on April 6, 2014.

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