RCIA Audio

Morality II


People should not think so much about what they ought to do; they should think about what they ought to be. ~Meister Eckhart, (Pieper, The Christian Idea of Man, 4)

Virtue does not mean “nice” and “orderly” behavior inrelation to isolated instances of doing or leaving undone. Instead, virtue means that the person is right – in both the supernatural and natural sense. ~Joseph Pieper, The Christian Idea of Man, 10

Virtue is, as Thomas says, ultimum potentiae; it is the ultimate of what a human person can be; it is the fulfillment of man’s ability to be – in the natural and in the supernatural sphere. The virtuous person is in such a way that, from the innermost tendency of his being, he realizes the good through his actions. ~Joseph Pieper, The Christian Idea of Man, 11

Certain currents of modern thought have gone so far as to exalt freedom to such an extent that it becomes an absolute, which would then be the source of values…the individual conscience is accorded the status of a supreme tribunal of moral judgment which hands down categorical and infallible decisions about good and evil…but in this way the inescapable claims of truth disappear, yielding their place toa criterion of sincerity, authenticity and “being at peace with oneself”. ~John Paul II, Veritatis Splendor §32~

The natural law is nothing other than the light of understanding infused in us by God, whereby we understand what must be done and what must be avoided . God gave this light and this law to man at creation. ~St. Thomas Aquinas (Veritatis Splendor, §40)

Sin sets itself against God’s love for us and turns our hearts away from it. Like the first sin, it is disobedience, a revolt against God through the will to become “like gods,” knowing and determining good and evil…~CCC 1850~

For a sin to be mortal, three conditions must together be met: “mortal sin is sin whose object is grave matter and which is also committed with full knowledge and deliberate consent.” ~CCC1857~

Mortal sin requires full knowledge and complete consent. It presupposes knowledge of the sinful character of the act, of its opposition to God’s law. It also implies a consent sufficiently deliberate to be a personal choice. Feigned ignorance and hardness of heart do not diminish, but rather increase, the voluntary character of a sin. ~CCC 1859~

Sexuality, by means of which man and woman give themselves to one another through the acts which are proper and exclusive to spouses, is by no means something purely biological, but concerns the innermost being of the human person as such. It is realized in a truly human way only if it is an integral part of love by which a man and a woman commit themselves totally to one another until death. (FC, #11)

When couples, by means of recourse to contraception, separate these two meanings that God the Creator has inscribed in the being of man and woman and in the dynamism of their sexual communion, they act as “arbiters” of the divine plan and they “manipulate” and degrade human sexuality – and with it themselves and their married partner by altering its value of “total” self-giving. Thus the innate language that expresses the total reciprocal self-giving of husband and wife is overlaid, through contraception, by an objectively contradictory language, namely, that of not giving oneself totally to the other.   This leads not only to a positive refusal to be open to life but also to a falsification of the inner truth of conjugal love, which is called upon to give itself in personal totality. – Pope John Paul II, Familiaris Consortio, §32

In the context of a culture which seriously distorts or entirely misinterprets the true meaning of human sexuality, because it separates it from its essential reference to the person, the Church more urgently feels how irreplaceable is her mission of presenting sexuality as a value and task of the whole person, created male and female in the image of God. (FC, #32)

Sexuality affects all aspects of the human person in the unity of his body and soul. It especially concerns affectivity, the capacity to love and to procreate, and in a more general way the aptitude for forming bonds of communion with others. (CCC, #2332)

Regretfully, the Eucharist recordings from January 22nd and 29th were corrupted. So very sorry for the inconvenience!