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Our Catholic Faith Living What We Believe. CHAPTER 9 Christian Moral Life: The Beatitudes and Ten Commandments  Guidance  Called to Happiness  Love God: The First Three Commandments  Love Your Neighbor: The Fourth through Tenth Commandments.

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Our catholic faith living what we believe

Our Catholic FaithLiving What We Believe

CHAPTER 9

Christian Moral Life:The Beatitudes and Ten Commandments

 Guidance

 Called to Happiness

 Love God: The First Three Commandments

 Love Your Neighbor: The Fourth through Tenth Commandments


Our catholic faith living what we believe

Chapter 9 Christian Moral Life: The Beatitudes and Ten CommandmentsGuidance

Good laws, rules, and regulations are formed in part to help keep us safe

  • We violate the Ten Commandments at our own risk

  • In the Beatitudes, Jesus offered a deep examination of the Christian life of love and service to others


Our catholic faith living what we believe

Chapter 9 Christian Moral Life: The Beatitudes and Ten CommandmentsCalled to Happiness

Does God really want us to be happy?

  • Yes, God wants us to be happy

  • Only God’s goodness and love can satisfy our hunger for true happiness

  • From the beginning of creation, God desired humans to share in his divine nature

  • Jesus left us a “blue-print” for happiness: we are to keep his commandments and live the Beatitudes


Our catholic faith living what we believe

Chapter 9 Christian Moral Life: The Beatitudes and Ten CommandmentsCalled to Happiness

The Beatitudes

  • The Beatitudes complete the promises that God made to Abraham

  • They show us how to fulfill our desire for happiness

  • They teach us how we should live in order to reach our eternal destiny of union with him


Our catholic faith living what we believe

Chapter 9 Christian Moral Life: The Beatitudes and Ten CommandmentsCalled to Happiness

The Beatitudes

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Jesus blesses those who know that only God’s righteousness can fulfill us.

Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Jesus blesses those who mourn over injusticesand evils committed against God’s people in need.

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the land. Jesus treated others with gentleness and compassion – we too should be patient with the weaknesses of others.

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.Jesus wants us to recognize our spiritual poverty – everything we are and everything we have are gifts from God.


Our catholic faith living what we believe

Chapter 9 Christian Moral Life: The Beatitudes and Ten CommandmentsCalled to Happiness

The Beatitudes

Blessed they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.Suffering for faith in Jesus is a great sign of love for him and if we remain faithful to him, he will reward us with eternal happiness in Heaven.

Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.A person with a clean heart has a single-minded commitment to God.

Blessed are the merciful, they will be shown mercy.Our forgiveness of others, especially our enemies, is a sign to the world of a merciful God who loves everyone.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.Christians are, and must be, peacemakers.


Our catholic faith living what we believe

Chapter 9 Christian Moral Life: The Beatitudes and Ten CommandmentsLove God: The First Three Commandments

First Commandment: I, the Lord, am your God. You shall not have other gods besides me.

  • Make God the top priority in our lives by practicing the theological virtues

  • Worship God and share our faith with others

  • Practice the virtue of religion

  • Prayer

  • Violations

  • Heresy

  • Apostasy

  • Schism

  • Presumption

  • Despair

  • Ingratitude

  • Spiritual laziness

  • Superstition

  • Idolatry

  • Divination

  • Sorcery

  • Irreligion

  • Sacrilege

  • Simony

  • Atheism


Our catholic faith living what we believe

Chapter 9 Christian Moral Life: The Beatitudes and Ten CommandmentsLove God: The First Three Commandments

Second Commandment: You shall not take the name of the Lord, your God, in vain.

  • Honor God’s name through praise, reverence, and adoration

  • Our names are also holy

  • Forbids the wrong use of God’s name or the names of Jesus, Mary, or any saint

  • Keep promises and vows and always be true to our word

  • Violations

  • Perjury

  • Blasphemy

  • Swearing an oath with an intention to break it

  • Use of swearing, cursing, vulgar language


Our catholic faith living what we believe

Chapter 9 Christian Moral Life: The Beatitudes and Ten CommandmentsLove God: The First Three Commandments

Third Commandment: Remember to keep holy the Sabbath day.

  • The purpose is to praise God for his works of creation and to thank him

  • God gives this commandment to all people for them to have a day of rest and recreation

  • We acknowledge the one we are totally dependent on

  • Jesus brought new meaning to the Sabbath observance – we worship, praise, and thank God for the gift of the Son

  • Catholics are obliged to go to Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation

  • Violation

  • Willfully missing Mass


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Chapter 9 Christian Moral Life: The Beatitudes and Ten CommandmentsLove Your Neighbor: 4th – 10th Commandments

Forth Commandment: Honor your father and your mother.

  • Family is the domestic Church

  • Parents should: respect children, educate them in the Catholic faith, loving home, unconditional love

  • Behaviors from children: thankfulness, respecting, obey, meeting the physical and spiritual needs of aged parents, treat siblings with respect and love

  • Respect and obedience is due all proper Church and other authority figures

  • Violation

  • Societal laws that conflict with God’s will or God’s law


Our catholic faith living what we believe

Chapter 9 Christian Moral Life: The Beatitudes and Ten CommandmentsLove Your Neighbor: 4th – 10th Commandments

Fifth Commandment: You shall not kill.

  • Human life is sacred from the first moment of conception until natural death

  • We show respect for God’s gift of life by eating healthy, getting proper exercise and rest, avoiding harmful substances, etc.

  • Any direct and intentional killing of a human being is a violation

  • Killing in self-defense is morally permissible as a last resort

  • Violations

  • Direct abortion

  • Intentional euthanasia

  • Suicide

  • Scandal

  • Immoral medical procedures


Our catholic faith living what we believe

Chapter 9 Christian Moral Life: The Beatitudes and Ten CommandmentsLove Your Neighbor: 4th – 10th Commandments

Sixth and Ninth Commandments: You shall not commit adultery. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.

  • Violations

  • Lust

  • Masturbation

  • Fornication

  • Pornography

  • Prostitution

  • Rape

  • Homosexual activity

  • Adultery

  • God gave us the gift of sexuality so that married couples can share their love and cooperate with God in bringing forth new life

  • Exercise the virtues of chastity, purity, and modesty

  • Married couples should be faithful to each other

  • Chastity requires lifelong self-control


Our catholic faith living what we believe

Chapter 9 Christian Moral Life: The Beatitudes and Ten CommandmentsLove Your Neighbor: 4th – 10th Commandments

Sixth and Ninth Commandments: You shall not commit adultery. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.

  • Further Violations

  • Adultery

  • Divorce

  • Polygamy

  • Both commandments support the institution of marriage

  • Sexual intercourse in marriage has two purposes: unitive and procreative

  • Children are a gift of marriage


Our catholic faith living what we believe

Chapter 9 Christian Moral Life: The Beatitudes and Ten CommandmentsLove Your Neighbor: 4th – 10th Commandments

Seventh and Tenth Commandments: You shall not steal. You shall not covet anything that belongs to your neighbor.

  • God created the goods of creation for everyone

  • Do not become too attached to belongings

  • Justice calls us to respect the property of others and to share our things

  • Jesus teaches that poverty of spirit is the way to combat sinful attitudes

  • Keep promises and do not break contracts

  • Violations

  • Greed

  • Avarice

  • Envy


Our catholic faith living what we believe

Chapter 9 Christian Moral Life: The Beatitudes and Ten CommandmentsLove Your Neighbor: 4th – 10th Commandments

Seventh and Tenth Commandments: You shall not steal. You shall not covet anything that belongs to your neighbor.

Types of justice

Social justiceapplies the teachings of Christ and the Church to political, economic, and social orders

Legal justiceconcerns our duties as citizens and what we owe the government

Commutative justiceregulates relations between individuals

Distributive justicedeals with the obligations the community has to its citizens


Our catholic faith living what we believe

Chapter 9 Christian Moral Life: The Beatitudes and Ten CommandmentsLove Your Neighbor: 4th – 10th Commandments

Eighth Commandment: You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

  • Teaches that truth-telling is a matter of justice

  • We respect other people, their reputations, their right to privacy

  • Governments and entertainment industries are to use the media responsibly and not for propaganda or to promote immoral behavior

  • Violations

  • Lying

  • False witness

  • Perjury

  • Rash judgment

  • Detraction

  • Calumny


Our catholic faith living what we believe

Chapter 9 Christian Moral Life: The Beatitudes and Ten CommandmentsVOCABULARY

  • Simony (240)

  • Atheism (240)

  • Humanists (240)

  • Communists (240)

  • Agnostic (240)

  • Oath (241)

  • Perjury (241)

  • Blasphemy (241)

  • Cursing (241)

  • Murder (245)

  • Abortion (246)

  • Euthanasia (246)

  • Chastity (247)

  • Modesty (247)

  • Lust (247)

  • Perjury (254)

  • Rash judgment (254)

  • Detraction (254)

  • Calumny (254)

  • Heresy (239)

  • Apostasy (239)

  • Schism (239)

  • Presumption (239)

  • Despair (239)

  • Superstition (239)

  • Idolatry (239)

  • Divination (240)

  • Sorcery (240)

  • Irreligion (240)

  • Sacrilege (240)


Our catholic faith living what we believe

Chapter 9 Christian Moral Life: The Beatitudes and Ten Commandments

"When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the king will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.‘ Then the righteous will answer him and say, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?‘ And the king will say to them in reply, 'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’”

Matthew 25:31-40


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