RS - MORALITY AND RELIGION We, Filipinos, are, in general,...

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MORALITY AND RELIGION We, Filipinos, are, in general, religious people. We are especially fond of religious processions, novenas, and numerous devotions to the Santo Nino, the Nazareno, or to the various images of the Virgin Mary and the Saints. Our churches are still packed with churchgoers on Sundays and feast days. BUT in many instances, this expression of faith does not touch our daily life, our words, decisions, and actions. CFC , no. 680 notes, Why do many graduates of our best Catholic schools turn out to be corrupt government officials, unfaithful husbands and wives, or cheating businessmen? There seems to be a serious gap between external ritual expression of Christian faith, and the authentic discipleship: following Christ in action. Our response to God’s purpose for us and the whole world is unique and personal. It is the outward expression of our choice, a disclosure of our moral identity as moral beings, thus, an active response to a living and personal God who calls us to the fullness of life. Our Response to God has Twofold Dimensions 1. our direct response to him which is RELIGION in the strict sense. God’s majesty and holiness, to his love and mercy in the divine virtues of faith, hope, and charity, and the acts of worship through prayers, reception of sacraments, and the celebration of the Eucharist; Our Response to God has Twofold Dimensions 2. Created world: O ur response to the revelation of God’s will or purpose with regard the created world. His divine will and purpose is made known to us through the order of creation, the testimony of conscience, and in biblical revelations. We respond by recognizing and promoting the created values, fulfilling our calling with its corresponding task in this earthly life and respecting the calling of others, the task assigned to them and their rights that result from it. RELIGION RELIGION – is derived from Latin words re (again) and ligare (to bind which etymologically means to bind again). In the Semitic language, it is a COVENANT, i.e., a relationship between God and the human person (Berakhal) in which God is the prime mover while the human person responds through and in faith. Religion is essentially an encounter between God and us. God is a personal God who is concerned for us, who turns to us, the reason why he reveals himself to us through our inmost desires, through other people, through the event that occurs in our own personal and societal life, through nature, and others. Most of all, God personally speaks to us through the Scripture and unconditionally offers us his grace in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is not only the revelation of who the Father is. Jesus Christ also
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This note was uploaded on 02/20/2012 for the course ACCOUNTING 102 taught by Professor Calamba during the Summer '11 term at Universität St. Gallen (HSG).

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