Lesson 1THE SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE •We Are Stewards Not Owners •Direct Offenses to Human Life •Becoming Procreators
As a gift A gift from God ‘You have granted me life and steadfast love; and your care has preserved my spirit’ (Job 10:12) Everyone is responsible for his life before God who has given it to him.
As sacred We are created in God’s image and likeness God Continues to sustain our life It is redeemed by he precious blood of Christ
As Mystery God who is a Mystery is dwelling in us through the Holy Spirit sent by the Risen Christ Always beyond human comprehension
As Inviolable Reflection of the absolute inviolability of God, finds its primary and fundamental expression and preservation of human life We are all called to protect our life and promote its goodness as well as that of the others
Human life is freely given by God. It is mysterious. It is inviolable. It is sacred. These indicate that ‘the basis for the extraordinary value of human life is God. He is the Lord and Giver of life, in whom we live and move and have our being’.
We are Stewards NotOwner We are stewards of life who must respect and care for our own lives and the lives of others. Life must be protected with the utmost care from the moment of conception
Becoming Stewards of LifeSome of our false beliefs Buhay ko naman ‘to ah, bakit ka nangingialam? Mind your own business Bahala ka, hindi naman ako.
False beliefs Life is your private possession Life of others is apart from ours Whatever happens to us, will not affect others and vice versa
The Truths... Our lives is not our private possession The human sense of solidarity and community We are interdependent
Stewardship We are called to exercise responsible stewardship over all creation It is exercised in our daily activities which we can rightfully consider as prolongation of God’s continuing work of creating and a service to our fellow men and women.
Indirect Attacks to Human LifeVices Smoking cigarettes Drinking liquors Using illegal drugs
Reasons why people smoke Peer pressure To gain sense of belongingness Create a ‘macho image’ To feel part of the upper class of society Curiosity
Effects of inordinate drinking of liquors Weakening of the reasoning power and self-control Boisterous and aggressive behavior Loss of coordination and sense of perception Violent emotional behavior Complete unconsciousness
The use of drugs ‘inflicts very grave damage on human health and life. Their use, expect on strictly therapeutic grounds, is a grave offense.
Danger of Vices Do nothing but to weaken and destroy your body Cause physical and psychological as well as social and emotional damages Wastes money and gradual form of leading one’s life to death
Becoming of MinistersVirtue not Vice Love one another as I have loved you If we love one another, God dwells in us and His love is brought to perfection is us
Ways to Remain Steward of Life Choose your company Curiosity kills the cat Be wary/careful Develop friendship with Jesus. Draw yourself closer to Him