Morality: A Response to Gods Love / Edition 1

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780159014868
  • Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor, Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Part 1 Foundations for Catholic Morality
Chapter 1 A Call to Catholic Living 1
Moral decision making reflects our nature as persons endowed with intellect and free will 2
Catholic morality is our response to Jesus 7
Grace as sharing in God's life is both a comfort and a challenge 11
The grace of the Holy Spirit helps us live our vocation to follow Jesus 15
Chapter 2 Jesus 20
Jesus is the starting point of Catholic morality 23
Love is the guiding principle of Catholic morality 26
The kingdom of God is a central theme in the mission of Jesus 30
Jesus models service and calls upon his followers to serve 31
Chapter 3 The Church 40
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 43
The Church is a God-given gift that assists us in our moral lives 45
The Church's sacraments are the "masterworks of God" that give us grace to follow Christ 49
The Church is a source of moral guidance for Catholics 52
Chapter 4 Conscience 60
Our dignity as persons created by God requires us to follow our conscience 62
Popular uses of the word conscience are frequently inadequate to describe all that the term involve 64
A fuller understanding of conscience includes three dimensions: awareness, develpment, and judgment 68
Scripture and Tradition emphasize the importance of using our conscience to make informed moral decisions 72
Chapter 5 Sin and Morality 80
Two images of sin that are frequently used in Scripture are missing the mark and hardness of heart 83
In Christianity the primary message about sin is one of forgiveness 87
Distinction among types of sin is intended to help people overcome sin 91
Social sin refers to behavior patterns, values, and social structures that encourage or support sin in a society 95
Chapter 6 The Virtues 100
Virtues are character strengths that we develop over time and through consistent use 102
The theological virtues of faith, hope, and love are gifts from God 104
The cardinal virtues are prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance 110
An important aspect of the moral life is creating communities of character 113
Chapter 7 Moral Decision Making 120
Three sources of moral decision making are: the object chosen, the intentions, and the circumstances 123
Moral decision making involves asking what and who 125
Moral decision making involves asking why, how, when, and where 128
Discernment means calling upon as many resources as possible to evaluate whether an action is right or wrong 133
Part 2 Catholic Morality Applied
Chapter 8 The Decalogue 140
God's gift of the Decalogue to the Israelites is also a gift to us 142
The first commandment affirms the importance of adoring the one true God and rejecting false gods 146
The second commandment calls for speaking and acting with reverence toward God 154
The third commandment reminds us to set aside the Lord's Day for prayer, worship, rest, and recreation 156
Chapter 9 The Family and Beyond 160
The Catholic family is a domestic church with the Trinity as its model 162
The fourth commandment calls for harmony within families and society by honoring parents, elders, and leaders 165
For the past fifty years the Information Age has influenced family life and values 169
Computers, video games, and the many forms of information technology impact our moral lives 175
Chapter 10 Cherishing Each Person 180
The fifth commandment mandates us to respect the life of the unborn 182
Respect for life is a principle that guides us in caring for those who are sick or who are near death 187
The fifth commandment forbids intentional euthanasia 191
Church teaching targets the issues of life support and physician-assisted suicide 194
Chapter 11 Promoting Peace 200
We are called to counteract violence in its many forms, both explicit and hidden 203
Church leaders have declared capital punishment an unnecessary affront to the dignity of human life 206
The Church promotes alternatives to war and calls for restriction of warfare as much as possible 211
The moral issues of nuclear weapons and the arms race, terrorism, and nonviolence challenge us to follow the gospel of Christ 214
Chapter 12 Sexuality and Morality 220
Sexuality is more than physicality; it is a drive toward fruitful union and a reaching out to others 223
Catholics are called to follow Jesus, the model of chastity 225
Catholicism presents marriage as the naturally-ordered context for full sexual expression 228
Catholic moral teaching based on the sixth and ninth commandments provides guidance for decision making in areas of sexual behavior 230
Chapter 13 Living the Truth in Love 240
The eighth commandment calls for respect for truth 242
We can abuse speech by what we say or fail to say 246
Disregard for truth leads to a culture of mistrust 250
A truthful society seeks to give all people a voice and to address their needs 253
Chapter 14 Generosity and Justice 260
The seventh commandment involves the topics of stealing, the use of private property, and the necessity of making amends 262
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 266
Justice applies the seventh commandment to the pursuit of the common good 269
Catholic social teaching offers guidance for achieving social justice 273
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