The Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraphs 1929 to 1933, talks about the ‘Respect for the Human Person’. These paragraphs make up some part of Article 3 regarding ‘Social Justice’.

I just wonder what comes to your mind concerning respect for the human person?

Surely, if we listen to a lot of debates and news items regarding the issue of respect for the human person. One can listen and read different ideas of what does it really mean to regard respect for the human person.

The way I view it, is that man was created by God. And God being a loving Father, created man for a personal relationship with him. Which is a personal relationship built on love. So, respect for the human person requires love.

According to paragraph 1931 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, ‘Respect for the human person proceeds by way of respect for the principle that “everyone should look upon his neighbor (without any exception) as ‘another self,’ above all having in mind his life and the necessary means for living it with dignity.” No legislation could by on its own, do away with the fears, prejudices, and attitudes of pride and selfishness which hinders the establishment of truly fraternal societies. Such behavior will stop only through the charity that finds in every man a “neighbor,” a brother.’

Every human being is to be loved as a neighbour. Everyone is to live in dignity, not minding which country our neighbour comes from. God who made every neighbour we come across in our lives, tells us to love our neighbour as our self.

With this personal relationship between God and man, and God through His abundance of love, fills man with His mercy, comfort and with unconditional love.

God created man to be able to live with ‘neighbours’ and through the respect they have towards each other, the love of God enriches their life thus, experiencing the tremendous love of the Holy Trinity.

Above all, respect for the human person, is to love God.

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