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Veritatis Splendor. Chapter 1. Preamble.

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Veritatis Splendor

Chapter 1


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Preamble

  • The splendour of truth shines forth in all the works of the Creator and, in a special way, in man, created in the image and likeness of God (cf. Gen 1:26). Truth enlightens man's intelligence and shapes his freedom, leading him to know and love the Lord. Hence the Psalmist prays: "Let the light of your face shine on us, O Lord" (Ps 4:6).


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Introduction

  • Obedience and the Meaning of Life

    • Faith and Salvation

    • Obedience to the truth

    • The light of truth is never fully extinguished by sin

  • Beauty

    • The image of the Invisible God

  • Purpose

    • Erroneous presuppositions: Human Freedom detached from truth

    • Set forth principles of Moral Teaching-SS and ST


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Chapter 1

What must I do?


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What must I do?

  • Dialogue between Jesus and the rich young man

    • Meaning of life

    • Moral goodness and eternal life

    • God is the fullness of Goodness

    • Religious foundation of the moral question


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Commandments and Fulfillment

  • Man as the image of God is the context for discovery of the meaning of the commandments

  • Fulfillment comes as a gift from God

  • Fulfillment and the commandments: law is a condition

  • Fulfillment and the “good” of persons

    • Dignity of human person

    • Something inherent in the nature of person


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Love of God and Love of Neighbor

  • Commandments interiorized

  • Perfection involves self-gift

  • Following of Christ

    • Giving up one’s own self, the way of perfection involves the following of Christ

      • Virtue

      • Grace

      • Gift


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