Reflecting on Human Dignity Catholic social teaching believes that human beings, created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26-27), have by their very existence an inherent value, worth, and distinction. This means that God is present in every person, regardless of his or her race, nation, sex, origin, orientation, culture, or economic standing. Catholic Social Teaching asserts that all human beings must see within every person both a reflection of God and a mirror of themselves, and must honor and respect this dignity as a divine gift. Take a moment to reflect on this: Do we really see ourselves and others as a divine gift’? Who in your life do you see that way? If we looked at everyone through the lens of human dignity, what difference would this lens make to our families, relationships, parishes, schools, workplaces and local community? And if we are seeing others as divine gift, how should this change or affect the way we are performing our works of service? Explain.