Single, courtship, human dignity


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Single, courtship, human dignity

  1. 1.  SocietalAttitudes, Personal Decisions *many Christian singles feel that the other view them as being either “incomplete” or somewhat set apart the mainstream.
  2. 2.  Loneliness, Lack of Companionship, Feeling left out  The most helpful response to this issue is one of empathy. Listening and caring maybe more helpful
  3. 3.  Decision making, Finances, task related to daily living  Singles may have more flexibility than a married person who is the sole bread-winner
  4. 4.  Intimacy/ Sexuality  Lack of emotional and physical closeness.  Sexuality and Spirituality(Richard Foster) ▪ In his capacity to love or to be loved ▪ Need to fulfill emotional fulfillment ▪ Learning to accept and control his sexual feelings
  5. 5.  Generativity/Children  Single parenting was listed as one of the top concerns for resingled Christians.  Single parent becomes so focused on surviving on the onslaught of their children’s grief
  6. 6.  Productivity  Spiritual Issues  Always single  Divorced singles  Widowed singles
  7. 7. Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favor of the Lord, Proverbs 8:22 1.The purpose of courtship is to lead to marriage 2. Seek a believing mate 3. Practical Considerations 4. Conduct during Courtship
  8. 8. Human dignity originates from God…(Gn 1: 26- 27) *where does teaching on Human Dignity come from? ~biblical source: scripture ~moral source: tradition ~ecclesial source: Church teaching
  9. 9.  Foundation of Catholic SocialTeachingVision:  Biblical vision on human person- it is grounded on revelation (Gn 1:26-27)  Theological vision-it rests on foundation of faith which affirms that God is the source and Creator of all life
  10. 10.  Foundation of PoliticalVision:  Political vision of the human person(based on Enlightenment ideals) ▪ The person is an independent individual who has rights and responsibilities that are bounded by legal limits ▪ Equality is a foundation of political vision ▪ The role of the political state is active but limited- the state must protect rights, promote general welfare of its citizens and insure public order, but should not interfere in matters of faith.
  11. 11.  Human Dignity according to CCC #1700-The dignity of the human person is rooted in his/her creation in the image and likeness of God. It is fulfilled in his/her vocation to divine beatitude. It is essential to a human being freely to direct him/herself to this fulfillment. By his/her deliberate actions, the human person does, or does not, conform to the good promised by God and attested by moral conscience. Human beings make their own contribution to their interior growth; they make their whole sentient and spiritual lives into means of this growth.
  12. 12.  Human Dignity according to CCC #356 Of all visible creatures only man is “able to know and love his creator.” He is “the only creature on earth that God has willed for its own sake,” and he alone is called to share, by knowledge and love, in God’s own life. It was for this end that he was created, and this is the fundamental reason for his dignity
  13. 13.  Human Dignity according to CCC #357 Being in the image of God the human individual possesses the dignity of a person, who is not just something, but someone. He is capable of self-knowledge, of self-possession and of freely giving himself and entering into communion with other persons. And he is called by grace to a covenant with his Creator, to offer him a response of faith and love that no other creature can give in his stead