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Unformatted text preview: to the Word of God and to the knowledge and practice of the Ten Commandments. (CCC 1776, 37, 1783-1785) Questions to ask before making a decision: • Would this decision go against the Ten Commandments? • Will the results of this decision be good for me, my family, my friends? • Will my decision hurt anyone? • Would I make the same decision if my parents were involved? • How would Jesus guide me in this decision? 2. God gave us a conscience so that we could know right from wrong according to the law written on our heart. The law written on our heart is called the natural law. The natural law is principally expressed in the Ten Commandments. (CCC 1955-1956) 3. In addition, God has given us free will and the dignity of choice. We seek to live by God’s law because of His love for us. Through His Laws of Love He shows us what is necessary to bring us real happiness. Furthermore, Jesus gave us a higher calling, that of living the Beatitudes. Jesus always gives us the grace we need to meet His commands. 4. Even though we basically know in our hearts what is right and wrong, it is hard to avoid what is wrong and do what is right. This is why God teaches us about right and wrong through the Bible, the Church, and personal prayer. This is why it is important for us to listen to God in prayer and let God help us to make up our mind what to do through our properly formed conscience. (CCC 1785-1787) 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. 5. August 6th, 2009 Transfiguration of our Lord In desiring to follow Christ, we are called to live according to the Beatitudes. Through the Beatitudes, we become poor in spirit, recognizing that God is the source of all that we are and have. Consequently, we want to place Him first in our lives. We seek to be generous with all the gifts God has given us as well as respecting other people’s property (Stewardship). (CCC 1716-1717) Mathew 5:3-12 Jesus proclaims the Beatitudes. Diocese of La Crosse Page 24 of 38 Grade 8 6. God has given us the Theological Virtues, the Moral Virtues and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit to live our dignity as children of God. The Theological Virtues lead us to believe and hope in God and love Him and our neighbor. The moral virtue of chastity helps us freely love and respect others as images of God. It requires self-mastery and self-discipline. God calls us to the practice of chastity so that we can imitate the purity of Christ. The Holy Spirit dwelling in our hearts makes it possible to imitate Christ. (CCC 1814, 1817, 1822). God has given us three Theological Virtues. They are supernatural: 1. Faith Romans 1:17 “The righteous shall live by faith.” Galatians Livin...
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