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Unformatted text preview: irtue of charity, we want to be fair to each person because each person is created in the image
and likeness of God. However, we also need to be fair to each person purely out of our love for
God. August 6th, 2005
Transfiguration of our Lord Diocese of La Crosse Page 20 of 28 Grade 4
21. Each person is invited to a personal friendship with Jesus Christ. This is our primary vocation, to love
God in obedience and service to others through a life of charity, also referred to as holiness of life.
From the moment of our baptism, God calls each person by name and has a special plan for his/her
life (cf. Isaiah 43:1) The call from God is called a personal vocation. 22. God’s plan for each person is called a vocation (calling). God created each person with special
gifts and talents, which are to be used to serve God and others. Answering God’s call to our
vocation will bring us peace and joy. God might call you to be a priest or consecrated person
(nun, consecrated virgin, hermit etc.), to get married, or to the single life. (CCC 898, 873, 825,
A priest is a man who gives himself totally to God to serve the people.
A man and a woman become husband and wife through the Sacrament of Matrimony.
They give themselves to God and to each other and they welcome children as a gift from
A nun gives herself totally to God (consecrates herself to live in poverty, chastity and
obedience out of love for God) and lives in community with other nuns. 23. Our parents, who give us life, love and provide for us, are a very special gift from God. Playmates and
classmates are meant to be our friends. Friends are also gifts from God. We are grateful to God for
all the beautiful gifts He has given us.
(CCC 2215, on friendship and chastity 2347) 24. The heart of Catholic Social Teaching is ultimately to lead people to God.
(CCC 863-864, 2105, 2420) 25. The Ten Commandments provide the foundation for Catholic Social Teaching.
(CCC 1959, 2070-2071) 26. After we participate in the Sacraments, above all the Holy Eucharist, we receive the strength to go
forth to love and serve the Lord by loving and serving our neighbor.
(CCC 1397, 1396, 1391-1395) 27. God desires that we share what we have been given with others:
Spiritual gifts - the gift of faith and knowledge about God
Temporal gifts - our material possessions. 28. The missionary nature of the Church flows from our obligation to share the gifts God has given us
with the world through the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. With our families, we should
look for opportunities to serve those in need and to share the Good News about Jesus. (CCC 849,
913, 2447 – the works of mercy, 2443-2446)
The Diocese of La Crosse is committed, in particular, to the orphanage Casa Hogar Juan Pablo II in
Lurin, Peru and to the care of the Holy Cross Parish in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. (Synod Acts #184)
Project Milk and the Lenten Mite Boxes are an especially important means of providing assistance to
the Casa Hogar Juan...
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