Obeying GOD’S LAW as an Authentic Exercise of Freedom
Part 1 : THE MEANING OF LAW Part 2 : CONSCIENCE & MORAL LAW Part 3 : CHRIST’S LAW OF LOVE
What is a norm or law ? an ordinance of reason, promulgated by competent authority for the sake of the common good Church Teaching CFC 801
Elements of a Law 1. an ordinance of reason, 2. promulgated 3. by competent authority 4. for the sake of the common good
Elements of a Law 1. A just law is an ordinance of reason.
a product of prudent deliberation
not based merely on a person’s
or group’s whim or sentiments
Elements of a Law 2. A just law is properly promulgated.
with opportunity to be evaluated
while being proposed
clearly communicated to all
Elements of a Law 3. A just law is decreed by competent authority.
Only persons with legitimate
authority have the power of
creating and implementing laws
for their respective communities.
Elements of a Law 4. A just law is for the sake of the common good.
must foster the rights and dignity
of all persons and not just the
good of some.
Characteristics of a Law 1. Law is based on vision.
Characteristics of a Law 2. Law arises from and expresses basic values.
Violation : Placing oneself under the suspicion of cheating. This includes looking towards the paper of another student and communicating verbally or non-verbally with another student during recitation or examination time.
Sanction Separation 4 th offense Suspension for five school days 3 rd offense Suspension for three school days 2 nd offense Written reprimand 1 st offense
Violation : Overdue library books Sanction : A fine will be imposed. P10.00 a day for fiction books. P10.00 a day for non-fiction books. P10.00 an hour for reserved books.
for New Students :
Certified true copy of Form 138
General average of 80%
Conduct grade not lower
than B or 85%
Letter of Recommendation
from the HS Principal
Kinds of Law
Kinds of Law 1. Natural Law
knowable to all people
discernible through human reason
binding on all people
Kinds of Law 2. Divine Law
binding on all those in a faith
relationship with God
- three periods
Divine law received
by the Jewish people during the time of the patriarchs
worship III. “Take care to keep holy the Sabbath Day.” God’s holiness II. “You shall not take the name of the Lord, your God, in vain.” God as the center of our lives I. “You shall have no other gods before me.” Basic Human Values Ten Commandments (Dt. 5:6-21;Ex. 20:2-17)
(same as 7 th ) X. “You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.” (same as 6 th ) IX. “You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.” honesty and the right of other people to a good name VIII. “You shall not make false accusations against your neighbor.” justice and a proper regard for material things. VII. “You shall not steal.” sexuality and marriage VI. “You shall not commit adultery.” life V. “You shall not kill.” family IV. “You shall honor your father and your mother.” Basic Human Values Ten Commandments (Dt. 5:6-21;Ex. 20:2-17)
Jesus’ Law of love
The Beatitudes (Mt. 5:3-12)
Kinds of Law 3. Church Law
Kinds of Law 4. Civil Law
Church Teaching Gaudium et Spes 16 “ In the depths of their conscience human beings detect a law which they do not make for themselves but which they must obey…
Church Teaching Gaudium et Spes 16 … Its voice always summons them to love and to do what is good and to shun what is evil.”
Moral Norms or Laws
are based on
a moral vision comprising basic moral values
Moral Norms or Laws
express the standard
moral good and evil
freedom conscience moral law
What is the danger in all laws?
Scripture: Mt. 5:17-20 “ Do not think that I have come to abolish the law. I have not come to abolish them, but to fulfill them.”
Christ's Law of love
Love God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. Love your neighbor as yourself.
Closing Prayer “ The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul; The decree of the Lord is trustworthy, giving wisdom to the simple.
Closing Prayer “ The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The command of the Lord enlightening the eye.
Closing Prayer “ The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever; The ordinances of the Lord are true, all of them just.
Closing Prayer “ They are more precious than gold, than a heap of purest gold, sweeter also than syrup of honey from the comb.” Psalm 19:8-11