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Learning to Choose Definition/Development of Conscience Elements of a Moral Decision
Fundamental Choices The Book of Deutronomy  – challenge to make a fundamental commitment to a life centered on God. Create...
Fundamental Choices Jesus  confirms this in his depiction of the Last Judgment (Matthew 25: 34-36, 40-43, 45-46) Choosing ...
Fundamental Choices Self-centered living   leads to unhappiness in this life and ultimately to eternal punishment; separat...
Fundamental Choices God-centered living  inevitably bears fruit in  love ,  joy , and  peace  in this life, and leads fina...
Definition of Conscience Conscience  is the inner sense of power by which we judge an act to be right or wrong.
Definition of Conscience <ul><li>the natural law – basic awareness of right and wrong written by the Creator in the hearts...
Development of Conscience <ul><li>The  laws of God  is found in our hearts and is revealed to us in Scripture </li></ul><u...
Elements of a Moral Decision There are 3 elements in a moral decision, the  object , the  intention , and the  circumstanc...
Elements of a Moral Decision <ul><li>the object is the action itself, the thing which is done. </li></ul><ul><li>the inten...
The Object The  object  may be good or evil in itself. For example, it is  good  to give to the poor.  Lying is  evil.
The Intention The intention may also be good or evil. A good intention does not make something which is evil into somethin...
The Intention The intention may also be good or evil. A bad intention can make something which is ordinarily good into som...
Morally Good Decisions ALL MORALLY GOOD DECISION ARE BOTH GOOD IN THEIR OBJECT AND INTENTION
Circumstance The circumstance, including the consequences, do not make a bad action good or a good action bad, but the may...
Process of Making a Good Moral Choice <ul><li>When faced with a moral decision, good habits make some choices seem simple:...
Process of Making a Good Moral Choice Some moral decision can be complex and difficult and the temptations to choose other...
Process of Good Moral Choices <ul><li>Reflect on all aspects of the situation and various possible course of action open t...
Failure to Choose the Good Sin is deliberately choosing not to do God’s will.
Mortal Sin – complete turning away from God and God’s law <ul><li>The action is a grave evil in itself </li></ul><ul><li>W...
Venial Sin  Venial Sin is not serious enough to beak our relationship with God, but it weakens that relationship because i...
Capital Sin – 7 tendencies <ul><li>Pride </li></ul><ul><li>Convetousness </li></ul><ul><li>Lust </li></ul><ul><li>Envy </l...
Capital Sin – 7 tendencies <ul><li>Pride  -  disordered seeking of praise and honor </li></ul><ul><li>Convetousness  – dis...
Social Sin Sins of individuals can give rise to social situations and institutions opposed to God’s goodness, such as slav...
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Learning to choose

  1. 1. Learning to Choose Definition/Development of Conscience Elements of a Moral Decision
  2. 2. Fundamental Choices The Book of Deutronomy – challenge to make a fundamental commitment to a life centered on God. Created with free will, we choose how we will live. Our choices affect not only our life here on earth, but also our life hereafter.
  3. 3. Fundamental Choices Jesus confirms this in his depiction of the Last Judgment (Matthew 25: 34-36, 40-43, 45-46) Choosing to lead a God-centered life is not easy. At its heart is the call to conversion. (Matthew 16:24
  4. 4. Fundamental Choices Self-centered living leads to unhappiness in this life and ultimately to eternal punishment; separation from God.
  5. 5. Fundamental Choices God-centered living inevitably bears fruit in love , joy , and peace in this life, and leads finally to eternal life with God and the saints in heaven.
  6. 6. Definition of Conscience Conscience is the inner sense of power by which we judge an act to be right or wrong.
  7. 7. Definition of Conscience <ul><li>the natural law – basic awareness of right and wrong written by the Creator in the hearts of all people </li></ul><ul><li>our community’s understanding of right and wrong as expressed in </li></ul><ul><li>- the laws of God </li></ul><ul><li>- the laws of the Church </li></ul><ul><li>- the laws of society </li></ul>
  8. 8. Development of Conscience <ul><li>The laws of God is found in our hearts and is revealed to us in Scripture </li></ul><ul><li>The Church’s magesterium , the Pope and bishops in their role as teachers continue to address moral dilemmas as they arise. </li></ul><ul><li>Guided by commandments , the beatitudes , Jesus law of love , all of revelation , our Catholic tradition and our community’s experience , the Church give direction to our choices. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Elements of a Moral Decision There are 3 elements in a moral decision, the object , the intention , and the circumstance .
  10. 10. Elements of a Moral Decision <ul><li>the object is the action itself, the thing which is done. </li></ul><ul><li>the intention refers to the person’s goal or purpose in doing the action </li></ul><ul><li>the circumstances are in the particular features of each individual situation in which an action is taken </li></ul>
  11. 11. The Object The object may be good or evil in itself. For example, it is good to give to the poor. Lying is evil.
  12. 12. The Intention The intention may also be good or evil. A good intention does not make something which is evil into something good. For example, lying with the intention of obtaining something good does not make it good to lie. THE END DOES NOT JUSTIFY THE MEANS .
  13. 13. The Intention The intention may also be good or evil. A bad intention can make something which is ordinarily good into something evil. For example, pretending to be a friend to someone, for the sake of gaining some advantage or ourselves, makes a friendly action hollow, deceptive, and therefore morally wrong.
  14. 14. Morally Good Decisions ALL MORALLY GOOD DECISION ARE BOTH GOOD IN THEIR OBJECT AND INTENTION
  15. 15. Circumstance The circumstance, including the consequences, do not make a bad action good or a good action bad, but the may increase or decrease the good or evil of an action. For example, Jesus points out that the widow who gave two small coins, which was all she possessed was more generous than the rich people who gave large sums.
  16. 16. Process of Making a Good Moral Choice <ul><li>When faced with a moral decision, good habits make some choices seem simple: </li></ul><ul><li>Decide to tell the truth rather than lie </li></ul><ul><li>Decide to be kind rather than cruel </li></ul><ul><li>Decide to be fair rather than cheat </li></ul>
  17. 17. Process of Making a Good Moral Choice Some moral decision can be complex and difficult and the temptations to choose other than the good can be great. Having formed our conscience, we must listen as we utilize the following decision-making process
  18. 18. Process of Good Moral Choices <ul><li>Reflect on all aspects of the situation and various possible course of action open to us. </li></ul><ul><li>Pray for the help of the Holy Spirit </li></ul><ul><li>Recall God’s law and the Church’s teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Consider the consequences </li></ul><ul><li>Seek advice when necessary </li></ul><ul><li>Remember, Jesus is with us and speak with him about the choice </li></ul><ul><li>Recall that our decision will affect our relationship with God and others </li></ul>
  19. 19. Failure to Choose the Good Sin is deliberately choosing not to do God’s will.
  20. 20. Mortal Sin – complete turning away from God and God’s law <ul><li>The action is a grave evil in itself </li></ul><ul><li>We have a clear knowledge of the action, we fully understand the evil we would be doing </li></ul><ul><li>We give our full consent, we fully intend the evil we would be doing </li></ul>
  21. 21. Venial Sin Venial Sin is not serious enough to beak our relationship with God, but it weakens that relationship because it is an action we know is wrong, yet freely chose to do. The continual committing of venial sin can lead us to commit mortal sin.
  22. 22. Capital Sin – 7 tendencies <ul><li>Pride </li></ul><ul><li>Convetousness </li></ul><ul><li>Lust </li></ul><ul><li>Envy </li></ul><ul><li>Gluttony </li></ul><ul><li>Anger </li></ul><ul><li>Sloth </li></ul>
  23. 23. Capital Sin – 7 tendencies <ul><li>Pride - disordered seeking of praise and honor </li></ul><ul><li>Convetousness – disorderd desire for possessions </li></ul><ul><li>Lust – disordered desire for sexual pleasure </li></ul><ul><li>Envy – resentment of another person’s talents, personal success or good fortune. </li></ul><ul><li>Gluttony – disordered desire for food and drink </li></ul><ul><li>Anger – disordered rage which causes one to seek revenge or desire injury to another </li></ul><ul><li>Sloth – disordered desire to avoid our duties and responsibilities toward God and others. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Social Sin Sins of individuals can give rise to social situations and institutions opposed to God’s goodness, such as slavery, child labor, prostitution, and exploitation of third world countries for profit. Structures which perpetuate violence, injustice, and other disorders in society are called “social sin”. Social sin is an outgrowth of personal sins, and leads its victims to do evil.

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