We were created in the image and likeness of God. We are the crowning achievement of all of creation. It is too much to really take in. And that is why we do not allow ourselves to live up to this great and awesome gift.
Having been created in the image and likeness of God, we have a great responsibility to respond to this gift. We have a responsibility to lift it up to be all that it truly is. However, many of us see these responsibilities as rules that keep us down. Going to Mass on Sundays, we praise God in union with others. We see it as a rule, but it is a blessing. It was only made a rule because of the hardness of our hearts.
Waiting until marriage is seen as something that holds us back from something good. When children are born into split families because of this, we see the pain inflicted upon both the parents and the child. This “rule”, as many of us see it, actually help us to be all that we were created to be. It is like putting up a fence for children to play near a cliff. It keeps them safe.
There are many ways that we limit ourselves. Giving into peer pressure, thinking ourselves as better than others, gossiping, and the list goes on. We were all created in God’s image and likeness, so who can be better than another? If we allow ourselves to be pressured, why not allow ourselves to be pressured by God into holiness? All sin limits ourselves from being all that God created us to be. We are blessed to have a God who came to die for us to remove these limits that we have placed on ourselves. Go to confession, so that He can remove them right now!