There are so many temptations and influences pulling us in different directions and making moral choices to guide us in our ways can be confusing. As Catholic, it’s comforting to know that, Jesus Christ had given us with clear moral framework to guide us towards fulfilling life.
Catholic faith and morals all ultimately lead to one thing, the untainted love of mankind for his God. It is impossible to live without the belief that life means more than just the worries and struggles, the bliss and contentment of our daily routines. Catholics uncover that meaning and hope in Jesus Christ who was sent by God, the Father for salvation for all mankind.
The catholic morality teaches us about life,
“I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)
And the catholic faith gave us a new life in Jesus Christ. Which is far greater and has far more significance then just following some rules?
There are some basic principles that help us understand what the catholic morals teach us. These principals are our guide to have a healthy happy life.
The first and the most important teaching of catholic faith and morals is the law of love. Love is the great commandment of God. Love of God and the neighbor is the starting point everything emerges from here. It is the basis of catholic morality.
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with your entire mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, you shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depends all the law and the prophets.” (Mt 22:37-40)
The requirements of love are the essence of all the moral rules. Yes indeed love has requirements. There’s a minimum and a maximum that love requires. If we fall below the minimum then it means that the life of Christ cannot exist in us that is technically the definition of mortal sin. The maximum is to wholly give ourselves for the others just like the Jesus Christ did for us. In truth there is no limit to the maximum we will always find that we will always have more to offer.
Next in the catholic morality is grace. What is grace? Well to love without any limits can be very demanding and impossible to an extent too but when it comes to God nothing is impossible. If we let Him then God gives us the ability and the power to do more than what we can even imagine. Once we accept this gift of God it changes us from within.
There are five basic concepts in catholic moral theology
- Freedom: God created us and gave us the liberty to choose and make decisions of our own free will. We are responsible for our choices and their consequences.
- Truth: we believe that God is the ultimate source of all moral truth. This truth is objective and does not discriminate on the basis of culture, race or taste.
- Conscience: conscience is our ability to judge certain things and actions and then decide them to be wrong or right.
- Law and natural law: everyone has innate sense of basic moral truth but our judgment can be clouded so the God has revealed this law directly to us.
It all comes down to one main thing to Love the lord with a complete heart and believe in Him then and only then can we live a fulfilling life.