What Dignity?

As a respiratory therapy student I studied the human body. Anatomy and physiology took long hours of memorization, but Kreb Cycle to circulation to cremation, we memorized it all.   Intricate and with fragile balance, yet strong and exceedingly resilient, our bodies manage to get us through this life pretty well, more often than not.  And when illness strikes, our bodies fight like crazy to maintain a fine life-sustaining balance.  For example, did you know that the blood pH range which is compatible with life is so incredibly narrow, that when thrown off by illness there is a dance between respiration  and  kidney function to maintain that narrow range?    I still find that fact incomprehensible.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

So what did all this knowledge teach me, really?

To respect life; to acknowledge and respect  the greatness of the master and creator of life!  “Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God?  You are not your own.” (1 Cor 6:19)

Why would we be here, except for the fact that we were made for a purpose, and our bodies – magnificent in nature and formed by our loving Creator God – are a gift that allow us to fulfill that purpose?

This is our dignity!

So when doubt, pressure, despair, loss, illness, loneliness, defeat, fear or whatever else makes me question, I keep this perspective:

“The truth, even though I cannot feel it right now, is that I am the chosen child of God, precious in God’s eyes, called the Beloved from all eternity, and held safe in an everlasting belief.”    

Henri J.M. Nouwen, Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World

In hope,



About Peggy Angelino

Peggy and her husband, Tom, live in the Houston area. They have three young adult children. She is a former Respiratory Therapist and earned a Catechist Certificate in 2012 from the Diocese of Galveston-Houston.
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