Veritatis Splendor Chapter 1
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).
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
Chapter 1 What must I do?
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
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
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