The Church tells us that our soul came into being at the moment we were conceived. Smart Catholics seek a sense of proportion. We want to know: “How big is our soul? Can we see it?”
Think small! Begin at our beginning. Our mother’s ova was the size of a section of human hair as long as it is wide. It was packed with DNA molecules from our mother, her parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents, all the way back to Adam and Eve.
The sperm cell is far, far smaller! It, too, was crammed full of DNA from our father, his parents, and grandparents, all the way back.
Science has recently discovered: “Using a new fluorescent sensor that’s able to track the movements of zinc in live cells, the team caught a glimpse of an egg’s zinc-storage capabilities, and found some 8,000 zinc compartments, each one containing around 1 million zinc atoms, just ripe for exploding. The tiny ‘fireworks’ that result were found to last for about 2 hours after fertilization.”
We began our lives less than half the size of this period at the bottom of this explanation point: ! Smart Catholics picture powerful, electron-sized angels splicing together the long DNA molecules from our ancestors into what became us in that two hour period!
So, how big is our soul? Some Catholics conclude, “The soul is the size of the tiny bit of light we sometimes see moving through the clear fluid within our eyeball! Our retina transmits its image into our brain. We usually pay no attention.”
Smart Catholics ask, “God, please give me a glimpse of my soul.”
“Oh, all right.”, He says. We close our eyes and say several “Hail Marys” or “Our Fathers”. After we say a few, we see it! It’s often fuzzy, but it’s there. It is the size of a distant star in the night sky. Like the stars, some souls are brighter than others. The brightest souls are those most obedient to God.
Non-believers always seek for other reasons to explain what we are blessed to see. They do not choose to “think small”.