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Morality: A Response to Gods Love / Edition 1

Morality: A Response to Gods Love / Edition 1

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ISBN-13: 9780159014868
Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor, Publishing Division
Publication date: 07/28/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Part 1Foundations for Catholic Morality
Chapter 1A Call to Catholic Living1
Moral decision making reflects our nature as persons endowed with intellect and free will2
Catholic morality is our response to Jesus7
Grace as sharing in God's life is both a comfort and a challenge11
The grace of the Holy Spirit helps us live our vocation to follow Jesus15
Chapter 2Jesus20
Jesus is the starting point of Catholic morality23
Love is the guiding principle of Catholic morality26
The kingdom of God is a central theme in the mission of Jesus30
Jesus models service and calls upon his followers to serve31
Chapter 3The Church40
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 others43
The Church is a God-given gift that assists us in our moral lives45
The Church's sacraments are the "masterworks of God" that give us grace to follow Christ49
The Church is a source of moral guidance for Catholics52
Chapter 4Conscience60
Our dignity as persons created by God requires us to follow our conscience62
Popular uses of the word conscience are frequently inadequate to describe all that the term involve64
A fuller understanding of conscience includes three dimensions: awareness, develpment, and judgment68
Scripture and Tradition emphasize the importance of using our conscience to make informed moral decisions72
Chapter 5Sin and Morality80
Two images of sin that are frequently used in Scripture are missing the mark and hardness of heart83
In Christianity the primary message about sin is one of forgiveness87
Distinction among types of sin is intended to help people overcome sin91
Social sin refers to behavior patterns, values, and social structures that encourage or support sin in a society95
Chapter 6The Virtues100
Virtues are character strengths that we develop over time and through consistent use102
The theological virtues of faith, hope, and love are gifts from God104
The cardinal virtues are prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance110
An important aspect of the moral life is creating communities of character113
Chapter 7Moral Decision Making120
Three sources of moral decision making are: the object chosen, the intentions, and the circumstances123
Moral decision making involves asking what and who125
Moral decision making involves asking why, how, when, and where128
Discernment means calling upon as many resources as possible to evaluate whether an action is right or wrong133
Part 2Catholic Morality Applied
Chapter 8The Decalogue140
God's gift of the Decalogue to the Israelites is also a gift to us142
The first commandment affirms the importance of adoring the one true God and rejecting false gods146
The second commandment calls for speaking and acting with reverence toward God154
The third commandment reminds us to set aside the Lord's Day for prayer, worship, rest, and recreation156
Chapter 9The Family and Beyond160
The Catholic family is a domestic church with the Trinity as its model162
The fourth commandment calls for harmony within families and society by honoring parents, elders, and leaders165
For the past fifty years the Information Age has influenced family life and values169
Computers, video games, and the many forms of information technology impact our moral lives175
Chapter 10Cherishing Each Person180
The fifth commandment mandates us to respect the life of the unborn182
Respect for life is a principle that guides us in caring for those who are sick or who are near death187
The fifth commandment forbids intentional euthanasia191
Church teaching targets the issues of life support and physician-assisted suicide194
Chapter 11Promoting Peace200
We are called to counteract violence in its many forms, both explicit and hidden203
Church leaders have declared capital punishment an unnecessary affront to the dignity of human life206
The Church promotes alternatives to war and calls for restriction of warfare as much as possible211
The moral issues of nuclear weapons and the arms race, terrorism, and nonviolence challenge us to follow the gospel of Christ214
Chapter 12Sexuality and Morality220
Sexuality is more than physicality; it is a drive toward fruitful union and a reaching out to others223
Catholics are called to follow Jesus, the model of chastity225
Catholicism presents marriage as the naturally-ordered context for full sexual expression228
Catholic moral teaching based on the sixth and ninth commandments provides guidance for decision making in areas of sexual behavior230
Chapter 13Living the Truth in Love240
The eighth commandment calls for respect for truth242
We can abuse speech by what we say or fail to say246
Disregard for truth leads to a culture of mistrust250
A truthful society seeks to give all people a voice and to address their needs253
Chapter 14Generosity and Justice260
The seventh commandment involves the topics of stealing, the use of private property, and the necessity of making amends262
The tenth commandment helps us appreciate the need to follow the way of Jesus in order to avoid the sins of envy, avarice, and greed266
Justice applies the seventh commandment to the pursuit of the common good269
Catholic social teaching offers guidance for achieving social justice273

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