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Transfiguration of our Lord Diocese of La Crosse Page 19 of 28 Grade 4
Examples of mortally sinful actions: Serious offenses against God include blasphemy , which is
saying hateful things against God and failing to attend Sunday Mass due to your own fault. Serious
offenses against neighbor include stealing and lying.
Examples of less sinful actions: Less sinful actions against neighbor include being unkind to
someone, not obeying parents immediately, being lazy with homework.
15. It is important to examine our conscience and pray a sincere Act of Contrition every night. In
examining our conscience, we ask ourselves:
• What did I do today that pleased God?
• Did I pray to God today?
• Did I listen to and obey my parents and teachers?
• Was I kind to everyone or how was I selfish?
• Pick one thing that you will ask Jesus to help you to avoid. 16. There are good (virtuous) and bad (sinful) choices. Right choices are the way we love God,
others and ourselves. This is how we grow in holiness. Sinful choices are acts of selfishness.
Sins wound us personally as well as our relationship with God and others.
(CCC 1852-1853, 1849-1850) 17. The way that we make good and holy choices is through the exercise of virtue. A virtue is a
good moral habit. We develop the Cardinal Virtues, also called the moral virtues or natural
virtues of prudence, justice, fortitude and temperance through education, deliberate acts and
perseverance in struggle. These efforts are purified and elevated by God’s grace.
Discovering our true good and choosing the right means of achieving it
(Simplified definition) making a right judgment
Giving the proper due to God and neighbor
Fortitude/Courage: Firmness in the pursuit of good
The courage to do what is right
Moderating the attraction of the pleasures of the senses that provides
balance in the use of created goods
Acting with self discipline or self control
Example: The virtue of justice is exercised when children are fair in sharing their possessions. The
virtue of temperance is exercised when children take two slices of pizza instead of five. 18. The foundation of the Christian life is the Theological Virtues of faith, hope and charity. The
Theological Virtues were infused by God into the soul at Baptism. Faith is our belief in God.
Hope is trusting in God’s promises. Charity is loving others as God loves us. “The Theological
Virtues dispose Christians to live in a relationship with the Holy Trinity.” (CCC 1842-1844,
1812-1829) 19. We can grow in the Theological Virtues through prayer, by deliberate acts and by perseverance.
We can also lose the Gifts of Faith, Hope and Charity through voluntary doubt, despair and
lukewarmness etc. (CCC 1810-1811, 2087-2094) 20. The Theological Virtues give deeper meaning and purpose to the Cardinal Virtues.
Example: We do not want to be fair only because it makes us feel good to do so. Through the
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