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Part III. Christian Morality: The Faith Lived

PART III. CHRISTIAN MORALITY: THE FAITH LIVED

 

Part III. Christian Morality: The Faith Lived


Chapter 23. Life in Christ – Part One

To be human is to be faced with moral choices: ‘to do what is good and avoid evil.’ The Sacraments of Initiation, Healing and Service strengthen us with the wisdom and capacity to choose what is good and avoid evil. Our free will and intellect are manifestations of our being made in the image of God. Read more...

Chapter 24. Life in Christ – Part Two

Respect for the dignity of each human person involves respect for the rights that flow from that dignity. Created in the image and likeness of God (Gn 1:26), all human beings are endowed with rational souls; all have the same human nature and same origin and destiny. Redeemed by Jesus Christ, all are invited to enjoy equal dignity as children of God. Read more...

Chapter 25. The First Commandment: Believe in the True God

God has first loved the world; the first of the Ten Commandments speaks of our response to God’s love. To believe in the One Triune God with our whole heart, mind, body and soul is our human response to God’s unconditional love. The First Commandment invites us to believe in the true God, to hope in him and to love him fully with our hearts, minds and wills. This commandment moves us to praise, worship and adoration of God alone, because God alone is holy and worthy of our praise. Read more...

Chapter 26. The Second Commandment: Reverence God’s Name

God has first loved the world; the first of the Ten Commandments speaks of our response to God’s love. To believe in the One Triune God with our whole heart, mind, body and soul is our human response to God’s unconditional love. The First Commandment invites us to believe in the true God, to hope in him and to love him fully with our hearts, minds and wills. This commandment moves us to praise, worship and adoration of God alone, because God alone is holy and worthy of our praise. Read more...

Chapter 27. The Third Commandment: Love the Lord’s Day

In Genesis, God rests on the seventh day after his work of creating the world. God builds into human nature a balanced rhythm of work and rest, whereby we are refreshed from our work and return our hearts and minds to worship God.  Read more...

 

Chapter 28. The Fourth Commandment: Strengthen Your Family

The Fourth Commandment, ‘Honour your father and your mother’, focuses on family life in all its dimensions – the duties and responsibilities of parents and children. The Sacrament of Marriage creates and sustains the Christian family so that it truly reflects the Gospel lived out in the ordinary daily circumstances of life. The Holy Trinity as a loving communion of divine persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit –and the Holy Family of Nazareth with Jesus, Mary and Joseph – are models for every Christian family.  Read more...

Chapter 29. The Fifth Commandment: Promote the Culture of Life Chapter

The Catholic Church defends the sanctity of human life as a gift from God. Human life is sacred because it originates in God’s creative love. God alone is the Creator of Life from its beginning to its end; to claim the right to destroy human life is to contradict the sacred origin and nature of all human life. Read more...

Chapter 30. The Sixth Commandment: Marital Fidelity

The Sixth Commandment calls spouses to permanent and exclusive fidelity to one another, a countercultural value in contemporary society. Fidelity in marriage flows from the sacramental graces of the covenant of marriage. As spouses vow to be faithful to one another forever, their words are a powerful image and witness to the covenant God made with humanity. Adultery undermines the dignity and purpose of Christian marriage and weakens individuals and the institution of the family. Read more...

Chapter 31. The Seventh Commandment: Do Not Steal – Act Justly

The Seventh Commandment prohibits theft – the taking of another’s goods against the reasonable will of the owner. Every form of theft is contrary to God’s will and constitutes an injustice against others. The injustice of theft requires recompense and restitution of stolen goods (CCC, nos. 2453–2454). Read more...

Chapter 32. The Eighth Commandment: Tell the Truth

God is the source of all truth. Christ Jesus not only taught truth, he spoke of himself, saying, ‘I am Truth’ (Jn 14:6). The Eighth Commandment urges the telling of truth and the avoidance of lies in all its forms.  Read more...

Chapter 33. The Ninth Commandment: Practise Purity of Heart

The Ninth Commandment teaches us to guard ourselves against impurity of heart. The heart is the seat of moral acts, and the grace of the sacraments strengthens and preserves us from impurities of heart, mind and body. In the midst of a society that glorifies immodesty, indecency and sexual permissiveness, the Ninth Commandment challenges Christians. Through the practice of purity of heart, we become a countercultural sign. Read more...

Chapter 34. The Tenth Commandment: Embrace Poverty of Spirit 

The Tenth Commandment extends the meaning of the Seventh and Ninth Commandments as it urges poverty of spirit and generosity of heart. These virtues free us from envy, greed and excessive materialism. This commandment is yet another means by which Christians living in the midst of a consumerist and materialistic society become a countercultural witness in their imitation of Christ Jesus. Read more...

 


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