Presentation on theme: " In your notes, answer the following : 1. What kind of person do I want to become? 2. What kind of person am I becoming? 3. What is the meaning."— Presentation transcript:
In your notes, answer the following : 1. What kind of person do I want to become? 2. What kind of person am I becoming? 3. What is the meaning of my life? We answer these questions through the decisions we make daily Morality involves making decisions that shape our character (who you are, will be) Morality reflects how we see life’s meaning
We need to strive to build virtues and avoid vices Virtue - a good habit that enables us to act according to right reason, enlightened by faith Vice – a habit that leads to sin Plant an act, reap a habit Plant a habit, reap a virtue or vice Plant a virtue or vice, reap a character Plant a character, reap a destiny
Virtues become part of character when we practice (like any skill) character is a unique mix of qualities; character is formed-affects our actions and choices Actions Actions and choices Habits Good Bad Virtues Vices Character Destiny
Sin can be characterized as: Venial - results in partial separation from God’s grace, diminishes charity Mortal - destroys charity in the heart of people, destroys grace All sins are forgivable, with the 3 Cs Contrition Confession Correction MAYBE only one sin is unforgiveable (discuss)
In Catholic tradition each vice is matched with a corresponding virtue. In your small group, match the vices with their virtues Complete your chart individually
All humans have a spiritual dimension – the yearning for something more. Our soul helps us find this and gives us character. character - attributes that make up a human, that make us accountable, act responsibly toward God and other people. Character and personality are not the same things – character is more stable.
lives by good values worthy of admiration, imitation “more human” – relates well with others, is happy There are attributes of God that we try to imitate: Goodness Power Wisdom Love Mercy Justice (Optional: In 6 small groups, please prepare a summary of your assigned attribute).
Goodness God’s goodness is made real by people’s actions Morally virtuous, right, honourable Power God’s power is made real when we take control of our relationships, create change, don’t misuse power authority, control, influence, strength Wisdom Knowledge that leads to finding the truth Prudence: being cautious, weighing consequences Right judgment: the ability to make the best choice
Love phile: attachment, devotion, tenderness (e.g. parents/children, friends) eros: passion, sexual attraction agape: unselfish, self-giving love that extends beyond family and friends (i.e. mutually beneficial relationships) – agape is given without expecting anything in return. Mercy Compassion, patience forgiveness is a gift of mercy –justice doesn’t always require it Justice proper, fair, correct, equal Social justice means that people must aid in creating systems to provide for the common good