Morality A Response to God's Love

ISBN-10: 0159014867

ISBN-13: 9780159014868

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Authors: Joseph Stoutzenberger

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Publisher: Harcourt School Publishers
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Weight: 1.760
Language: English

Foundations for Catholic Morality
A Call to Catholic Living
Moral decision making reflects our nature as persons endowed with intellect and free will
Catholic morality is our response to Jesus
Grace as sharing in God's life is both a comfort and a challenge
The grace of the Holy Spirit helps us live our vocation to follow Jesus
Jesus is the starting point of Catholic morality
Love is the guiding principle of Catholic morality
The kingdom of God is a central theme in the mission of Jesus
Jesus models service and calls upon his followers to serve
The Church
The communion of saints refers to holy things, especially the Eucharist. It also refers to holy people from the past, present, and future who are inspired by the Holy Spirit to use their talents for helping others
The Church is a God-given gift that assists us in our moral lives
The Church's sacraments are the "masterworks of God" that give us grace to follow Christ
The Church is a source of moral guidance for Catholics
Our dignity as persons created by God requires us to follow our conscience
Popular uses of the word conscience are frequently inadequate to describe all that the term involve
A fuller understanding of conscience includes three dimensions: awareness, develpment, and judgment
Scripture and Tradition emphasize the importance of using our conscience to make informed moral decisions
Sin and Morality
Two images of sin that are frequently used in Scripture are missing the mark and hardness of heart
In Christianity the primary message about sin is one of forgiveness
Distinction among types of sin is intended to help people overcome sin
Social sin refers to behavior patterns, values, and social structures that encourage or support sin in a society
The Virtues
Virtues are character strengths that we develop over time and through consistent use
The theological virtues of faith, hope, and love are gifts from God
The cardinal virtues are prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance
An important aspect of the moral life is creating communities of character
Moral Decision Making
Three sources of moral decision making are: the object chosen, the intentions, and the circumstances
Moral decision making involves asking what and who
Moral decision making involves asking why, how, when, and where
Discernment means calling upon as many resources as possible to evaluate whether an action is right or wrong
Catholic Morality Applied
The Decalogue
God's gift of the Decalogue to the Israelites is also a gift to us
The first commandment affirms the importance of adoring the one true God and rejecting false gods
The second commandment calls for speaking and acting with reverence toward God
The third commandment reminds us to set aside the Lord's Day for prayer, worship, rest, and recreation
The Family and Beyond
The Catholic family is a domestic church with the Trinity as its model
The fourth commandment calls for harmony within families and society by honoring parents, elders, and leaders
For the past fifty years the Information Age has influenced family life and values
Computers, video games, and the many forms of information technology impact our moral lives
Cherishing Each Person
The fifth commandment mandates us to respect the life of the unborn
Respect for life is a principle that guides us in caring for those who are sick or who are near death
The fifth commandment forbids intentional euthanasia
Church teaching targets the issues of life support and physician-assisted suicide
Promoting Peace
We are called to counteract violence in its many forms, both explicit and hidden
Church leaders have declared capital punishment an unnecessary affront to the dignity of human life
The Church promotes alternatives to war and calls for restriction of warfare as much as possible
The moral issues of nuclear weapons and the arms race, terrorism, and nonviolence challenge us to follow the gospel of Christ
Sexuality and Morality
Sexuality is more than physicality; it is a drive toward fruitful union and a reaching out to others
Catholics are called to follow Jesus, the model of chastity
Catholicism presents marriage as the naturally-ordered context for full sexual expression
Catholic moral teaching based on the sixth and ninth commandments provides guidance for decision making in areas of sexual behavior
Living the Truth in Love
The eighth commandment calls for respect for truth
We can abuse speech by what we say or fail to say
Disregard for truth leads to a culture of mistrust
A truthful society seeks to give all people a voice and to address their needs
Generosity and Justice
The seventh commandment involves the topics of stealing, the use of private property, and the necessity of making amends
The tenth commandment helps us appreciate the need to follow the way of Jesus in order to avoid the sins of envy, avarice, and greed
Justice applies the seventh commandment to the pursuit of the common good
Catholic social teaching offers guidance for achieving social justice
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