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6 – A Catholic Moral Vision:
Virtue, Grace & the Path to Happiness
In this week’s session, we learn that morality is simply following our Maker’s plan for our lives and, in doing so, we become authentically whole and holy.
Christian morality is biblically based upon:
The Ten Commandments, the Two Great Commandments, the Beatitudes.
Name the Ten Commandments:
- I am the Lord your God, you shall not have strange gods before me.
- You shall not take the name of the Lord, your God in vain.
- Remember to keep holy the Lord’s day.
- Honor your father and your mother.
- You shall not kill.
- You shall not commit adultery.
- You shall not steal.
- You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
- You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.
- You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.
What are the Two Great Commandments that Jesus teaches in Scripture?
First – “You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart, with your whole soul, and with your whole mind, and with your whole strength.” Second – “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
The Five Precepts of the Church are:
- To participate in Mass on all Sundays and holy days of obligation.
- To fast and to abstain on the Fridays of Lent and at other times should the Church call a fast.
- To confess your sins at least once a year and any time you are guilty of serious sin.
- To receive Holy Communion during the Easter Season.
- To contribute to the material support of the Church.
**We are also called to observe the laws of the Church concerning Holy Matrimony and in the instruction of one’s children in the faith, as well as called to participate in the missionary activity of the Church.
Why do we have the Precepts?
The precepts remind us of the minimum that is expected of someone who is a member of the Church. They call us to remember that we are called to be holy.
Name the Holy Days of Obligation in the United States.
January 1, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
Thursday in the 6th week of Easter, The Ascension (sometimes transferred to the following Sunday)
August 15, The Assumption of Mary
November 1, All Saints Day
December 8, The Feast of the Immaculate Conception
December 25, Christmas Day
What are Catholics obliged to do at least once a year?
Receive Holy Communion in the Easter season
Who has responsibility to be actively involved in the life of the parish?
All members by virtue of their baptism
At what age is a member of the parish expected to contribute to the support of the parish?
Upon beginning preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation, it is expected that the person will support the parish by participating and by contributing according to their means. This is in accordance with the fifth precept of the Church.
Must a Catholic give a certain amount to support the Church?
A Catholic is to give as they are able to, to support the Church. Christians ought to recognize that supporting the Church is part of being faithful. We ought to give a certain amount, like one hour’s wage per week, or a certain percentage of our week salary. The Holy Bible asks for faithful people to give 10%. This precept of the Church helps us to remember is that regular giving is an act of thanksgiving for all that God has given us.
What is a day of fast?
A fast day is a day on which only one full meal is to be taken. Food may be taken at the other meal time. Those over 21 and under 60 are to keep the fast. However, if one is ill or has a medical condition, she/he is not expected to keep this rule. For example, someone with diabetes ought not to fast.
What is a day of abstinence?
A day of abstinence is a day on which we are not to eat meat. It is expected that on such days, we will take more simple meals, or make some other sacrifice also.