Made in the image of God
Each and every human being is made in the image of God.
This has nothing to do with appearance or any physical properties.
This has to do with spiritual capabilities.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church (hereafter “CCC”)
lists these capabilities in paragraph #357:
“Being in the image of God the human individual
possesses the dignity of a person,
who is not just something, but someone.
capable of self-knowledge,
(capable) of self-possession and
(capable) of freely giving himself and
(capable of) entering into communion with other persons.”
CAPABLE OF SELF-KNOWLEDGE
From the beginning of time, to now, to the end of time;
there never has been, is not, and never will be
another person exactly like you;
with exactly your genes, your experiences, your personality, your soul.
You are beyond precious. You are beyond rare.
You are unique. In all the universe, in all of time, you are unique.
Being made in the image of God, you are capable
of recognizing your own unique existence.
CAPABLE OF SELF-POSSESSION
Once you recognize yourself as an individual,
you are capable of controlling yourself.
It is not easy. It is a life long process of gaining control,
with many attempts and failures along the way.
I know I cannot achieve self control without God’s help.
But as a human being, we all have the capacity for self control.
CAPABLE OF FREELY GIVING HIMSELF
As a human being, once you can control yourself.
You can choose to give yourself in service to others.
Think of those who volunteer for the military,
as firemen, as policemen, as priests and nuns.
They choose to serve the rest of us, to give of themselves.
CAPABLE OF ENTERING INTO COMMUNION WITH OTHER PERSONS
Once we have developed our capacity to recognize our individuality,
developed our ability to control ourselves;
developed our ability to give of ourselves;
then we can enter into communion with others.
We can achieve the greatest source of joy, mutual love.
To understand communion better check out Communion Explained