What is Morality?Morality - (Dictionary) the qualityof being in accord with standardsof right or good conduct.- A system of ideas of right andwrong conduct: religious morality;Christian morality.-Virtuous conduct.-A rule or in moral conduct.
CFC - Chapter 13 Living as Disciples of Christ“What I just did was to give you an example: as I have done, so you must do.” “But only God, who created man to His own image and ransomed him from sin, provides a fully adequate answer to man’sbasic questions…revealed in Jesus Christ His Sonwho became man. Whoever follows after Christ, the perfect man, becomes himself more of a man.”
CFC # 674 . For Christians,“moral living” is simply “following Christ,” but we often think of morality as set of do’s and don’ts or punishments, laws or commandments. Christian faith is more than a set of truths to be believed; it is the way ofChrist which leads to life (CCC 1696)
It is the Gospel of Christ believedand lived which will decide ourdestiny as Christians. Fullness oflife here on earth means that, inall the innumerable actions,events and problems of daily life,we walk with Jesus of Nazareth,the Christ, who is “the Way, theTruth, and the Life” (Jn. 14:6)
CCF # 675 – Christian moral life,then, is about the Gospel. It isabout growing in love andholiness. It is the process ofbecoming authentically human.The Christian moral person is onewho experiences the liberatingand transforming presence ofChrist, through the grace of hisspirit. ( 2 Cor. 3:17; Jn. 8:32)
From this experience, Christianscommit themselves, in their moral attitudes, decisions, and acts, tothe on-going process of liberating and transforming men and women into disciples of Christ For Christ is he “whom we go forth, through whom we live, and toward whom our journey leads us” (LG #3
Thus “the world may be filled with the spirit of Christ andmay more effectively attain itsdestiny in justice, in love and in peace (LG#36. This is developed in the PCP II in terms of “social transformation” (PCP II 256-74,435-38)
Following Christ is not easy - life is full of challenges. From the verydawn of human beings, enticed bythe evil one, abused their freedom. They set themselves against God and sought to find fulfillment apart from God…Their senseless mindswere darkened and they served the creature rather than the Creator. (CCC #1707)
Left to ourselves, we have no power to fulfill Christ’s command, “Be perfect just asyour heavenly Father is perfect” Yet God strengthens us byletting us share the life of Christ Jesus, through the Holy Spirit received in Baptism (Rom.6:4)
This Spirit, in uniting us to Christ,our risen Savior, as members of his Body, the Church, liberates and empowers us with new life to respond in our daily words and deeds to God’s love (CCC #1742)
A great number of Filipinos areseeking ways to draw closer to Christ their Lord. Yet this yearning for spiritualintimacy with Jesus often does not seem to touch the daily words and actions of some devotees.
There seems to be a serious gapbetween 1) external ritualexpression of Christian Faith,and 2)authentic discipleship:following Christ in action.Fides quae – content of faithFides qua – action/living out of faith in daily life
Genuine Christian piety, inspires trueChristian witness and service. Itdemands two things:1. interiorization of their devotional prayer and sacramental worship.2. commitment to Jesus Christand to all He stands for, in dailypractice of the faith according toCatholic moral principles and theguidance of the teaching church.
I. Moral Agent: The Human Person - Christian moral life is simply the callto become loving persons, in thefullness of life-with-others-in-communitybefore God, in imitation of Christ. Thekey to moral life, then, is the humanperson, considered in light of bothreason and faith.
Difference between Human acts and acts of manHumane acts are acts of mercyor acts that make you "Human". Acts of Human are not always nice, an example would be pollution.
Human acts are free acts that proceed from a deliberate will while the acts of man are involuntary acts that do notinvolve the use of intellect and will.
Human acts can also be called voluntary acts. These are actions done with fullknowledge, full freedom of the will and full consent. While acts of man actions done without the characteristics of the human acts such as heartbeat, death etc.