Man, the crowning work of creation

The challenges of humanity's suffering make us look deeper to discover the glory and beauty of God's spiritual man. That's where the healing is.

[Original in German]

During a trip I was particularly impressed by the beauty of nature. I saw in the tender green leaves of grand old trees an indication of never-aging freshness; in the backdrop of mountains I saw witnesses to the power and sublimity of God and His creation. My companion agreed with my impressions but added that he liked to think of man as the "crowning work of creation."

Man, the crowning work of creation? Look at yourself and those around you! Can you say "yes" to this statement? Although we meet honest, loving, and lovable people, don't we also have contemporaries who are sometimes gruff and unfriendly, power-hungry, and perhaps even brutal? When we think of them or of sick, suffering, or starving people around the world, how are we to recognize the "crowning work of creation" there?

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May 29, 1989

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