2 The Law of God Eternal Law Moral Law The order that reflects God’s will and purposeMoral LawThe rational expression of the eternal law established by God.
3 The Eternal Law The order that reflects God’s will and purpose It is always true and immutableIt is the basis of all other lawsOther laws are true and just only if they reflect the eternal lawIt is the way it should be
4 Moral LawA rational expression of the Eternal Law, established by God that will lead us to the life He wants for us.Natural Moral LawOld Law (Old Covenant)New Law (New Covenant)Church LawPrecepts of the ChurchCanon Law
5 Natural Moral LawGod’s moral law that we understand by using our reason.The God given ability to understand what it means to be in right relationship with God, others, the world, and ourselvesSince we are created in God’s image and likeness the basis for natural moral law is participation in God’s wisdomIt is part of our human natureIt does not change with time“Golden Rule”, Declaration of Independence
6 The Original CovenantNatural moral law is obscured or blurred from our vision as an effect of original sin.God reveals his laws through scripture and traditionThe Ten Commandments,Decalogue, The Law of MosesA summary expression of the natural moral lawWritten down so that there is no questionThe original covenant made with the people through MosesAdditional Jewish law found in the book of LeviticusPurity lawsPriestly lawsJustice laws
7 The New Covenant The Two Great Commandments The Beatitudes The Law of the Gospel, The Law of LoveSummarizes the 10 CommandmentsCompletes the old Law and brings it to perfectionThe BeatitudesSermon on the Mount- connects with MosesJesus proclaims the values needed to live a moral life that will bring us to holiness“Be holy as the Father is holy”
8 BeatitudesValues needed to live a moral life, satisfy our hunger for happinessPoverty of spiritMeeknessMercifulnessRighteousnessPurity of heartPeacemakingWillingness to suffer for what is right
9 Old Law – New Law “You have heard it said…” AngerLustRevenge and violenceLove of enemyHypocrisyCharityTrust in GodNew Law does not abolish the Old Law, instead it releases its full potential
10 Why? Discipleship You are the light of the world” “You are the salt of the earthWhy?
11 Moral Law & the Church Precepts of the Church Canon Law Basic obligations for all Catholics that are dictated by the laws f the ChurchCanon LawThe official body of laws that provide good order in the visible body of the Church
12 Precepts of the ChurchKeep holy the day of the Lord’s resurrection and the days designated as holy.Lead a sacramental lifePrepare for and receive Confirmation in order to advance the cause of ChristObey the marriage laws of the ChurchStrengthen and support the ChurchDo penance, specially abstaining from meat and fasting from food on the designated daysJoin in the missionary spirit and apostolic work of the Church
13 Days of Mass Obligation All SundaysImmaculate Conception, December 8thChristmasSolemnity of Mary, January 1stAscension Thursday, forty days post EasterAssumption of Mary, August 15thAll Saints’ Day, November 1st
14 Days of Fast and/or Abstinence Fast (persons who are in good health)Ash WednesdayLentAbstinence (over 12, in good health)Fridays in Lent
15 Sacramental LifeReceive the Eucharist and celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation at least once a year, preferably during Easter time.Complete the sacraments of Initiation by Celebrating ConfirmationJoin in the missionary and apostolic work of the Church
16 Laws of Marriage Unity Indissolubility Openness to children One body “Until death do you part”Openness to childrenWillingness to accept children as a gift from GodObey the Church’s rules regarding Natural Family Planning
17 Support the Church Give financial support as your means allow Give of yourself whenever you can by participating in the many services the Church offersReligious instructionEucharistic ministriesOther
18 Canon LawConcerned with the relationships among different members of the ChurchConcerned with matters that affect the Church’s missionGoverns the celebration of the Sacraments and public worshipOversees Catholic educationAdministers Church propertySupervises the rights and responsibilities of bishops, priests, deacons, consecrated religious and the laitySets down the penalties that apply when certain canons are broken
19 InfallibilityA gift of the Holy Spirit given to the whole Church by which the leaders of the Church- the Pope and the bishops in union with him- are protected from fundamental error when formulating a specific teaching on a matter of faith or moralsMagisterium: The teaching office of the Church that includes the Pope and the bishops.