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Foundational Principles The Law of God. Eternal Law The order that reflects Gods will and purpose Moral Law The rational expression of the eternal law.

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1 Foundational Principles The Law of God

2 Eternal Law The order that reflects Gods will and purpose Moral Law The rational expression of the eternal law established by God.

3 The Eternal Law The order that reflects Gods will and purpose It is always true and immutable It is the basis of all other laws Other laws are true and just only if they reflect the eternal law It is the way it should be

4 Moral Law O A rational expression of the Eternal Law, established by God that will lead us to the life He wants for us. O Natural Moral Law O Old Law (Old Covenant) O New Law (New Covenant) O Church Law O Precepts of the Church O Canon Law

5 Natural Moral Law O Gods moral law that we understand by using our reason. O The God given ability to understand what it means to be in right relationship with God, others, the world, and ourselves O Since we are created in Gods image and likeness the basis for natural moral law is participation in Gods wisdom O It is part of our human nature O It does not change with time O Golden Rule, Declaration of Independence

6 The Original Covenant O Natural moral law is obscured or blurred from our vision as an effect of original sin. O God reveals his laws through scripture and tradition O The Ten Commandments, O Decalogue, The Law of Moses O A summary expression of the natural moral law O Written down so that there is no question O The original covenant made with the people through Moses O Additional Jewish law found in the book of Leviticus O Purity laws O Priestly laws O Justice laws

7 The New Covenant O The Two Great Commandments O The Law of the Gospel, The Law of Love O Summarizes the 10 Commandments O Completes the old Law and brings it to perfection O The Beatitudes O Sermon on the Mount- connects with Moses O Jesus proclaims the values needed to live a moral life that will bring us to holiness O Be holy as the Father is holy

8 Beatitudes O Values needed to live a moral life, satisfy our hunger for happiness O Poverty of spirit O Meekness O Mercifulness O Righteousness O Purity of heart O Peacemaking O Willingness to suffer for what is right

9 Old Law – New Law O You have heard it said… O Anger O Lust O Revenge and violence O Love of enemy O Hypocrisy O Charity O Trust in God O New Law does not abolish the Old Law, instead it releases its full potential

10 Discipleship O You are the salt of the earth O You are the light of the world Why?

11 Moral Law & the Church O Precepts of the Church O Basic obligations for all Catholics that are dictated by the laws f the Church O Canon Law O The official body of laws that provide good order in the visible body of the Church

12 Precepts of the Church O Keep holy the day of the Lords resurrection and the days designated as holy. O Lead a sacramental life O Prepare for and receive Confirmation in order to advance the cause of Christ O Obey the marriage laws of the Church O Strengthen and support the Church O Do penance, specially abstaining from meat and fasting from food on the designated days O Join in the missionary spirit and apostolic work of the Church

13 Days of Mass Obligation O All Sundays O Immaculate Conception, December 8 th O Christmas O Solemnity of Mary, January 1 st O Ascension Thursday, forty days post Easter O Assumption of Mary, August 15 th O All Saints Day, November 1 st

14 Days of Fast and/or Abstinence O Fast (persons who are in good health) O Ash Wednesday O Lent O Abstinence (over 12, in good health) O Ash Wednesday O Fridays in Lent

15 Sacramental Life O Receive the Eucharist and celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation at least once a year, preferably during Easter time. O Complete the sacraments of Initiation by Celebrating Confirmation O Join in the missionary and apostolic work of the Church

16 Laws of Marriage O Unity O One body O Indissolubility O Until death do you part O Openness to children O Willingness to accept children as a gift from God O Obey the Churchs rules regarding Natural Family Planning

17 Support the Church O Give financial support as your means allow O Give of yourself whenever you can by participating in the many services the Church offers O Religious instruction O Eucharistic ministries O Other

18 Canon Law O Concerned with the relationships among different members of the Church O Concerned with matters that affect the Churchs mission O Governs the celebration of the Sacraments and public worship O Oversees Catholic education O Administers Church property O Supervises the rights and responsibilities of bishops, priests, deacons, consecrated religious and the laity O Sets down the penalties that apply when certain canons are broken

19 Infallibility O A 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 morals Magisterium: The teaching office of the Church that includes the Pope and the bishops.


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