On Sunday, part of the homily was that each of us is totally unique. There is nobody like each of us, and there never was or will be anyone like us. We are totally unique; we exist in a specific time and place.

This is why human life is so precious. This is why we as Catholics believe that life is sacred.

The other aspect in all of this, is that it is all conditional. it doesn’t have to be. God makes it so. God sustains creation, God sustains us.

One of the most transformative moments in my life happened one late night in Ohio. I had woken up in the middle of the night to look for some meteors. I grew up in a very small town, so there was little light pollution, so when I went outside, the STARS were incredible. As my eyes adjusted I saw what I thought was a cloud, then I realized something else. IT was the MILKY WAY, and that cloud was an immense number of stars. Suddenly I had a sense of how absolutely HUGE the universe is, and how incredibly insignificant I was.

Faced with the immensity of the Universe, I am small. image

Faced with the reality of existence and God; I am loved and I am.

Whenever life gets overwhelming, I go back to this in prayer. I am, because God wills it.