Being Human

Catholic Central: Being Human explores what it means to be a human person, both in terms of science and as Christians. This includes the idea of being made in the image and likeness of God, our capacity for love, our need for community, the ways in which we create and communicate, and our eternal destiny.
Episode 1 · November 8, 2017 ·

Diving Deeper

  1. How a person thinks about what humanity is shapes perspectives on relationships and life. What do you think makes us human? Is it knowledge, curiosity, the arts, mercy, compassion, forgiveness or technology?
  2. Saint Irenaeus wrote: Gloria dei, homo vivens.“The Glory of God is man fully alive.” What does it mean for a person to be fully alive? What gets in the way of feeling fully alive? When have you felt most authentic and alive?
  3. Kai and Libby remind us that Catholics believe that we are made in the image and likeness of God – the imago dei. Psalm 139 says God “formed our inmost beings,” and that we are “wonderfully made.” Ask yourself: When are times when I have felt strongly convinced of this? When are times when this realization has been a struggle for me?


Discovering our humanity: Make time to perform one of the Corporal Works of Mercy this week (feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visit the imprisoned …). Focus on whom you are feeding, clothing, visiting, etc., rather than what you are giving or providing them. While doing one of the Works of Mercy, get to know the name and something about the person you are assisting.
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