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CHAPTER EIGHT

Respect for Life

Who Deserves Our Love


We must love each person as a
unique individual, a person with
dignity and worth because that is
how God loves us.
We need to love ourselves in
order to love God and others.

Healthy Self-Love
self-esteem

A sense of happiness
and contentment about
who you are as a
human being.

Healthy Self-Love
Growing in the Virtue of Self-Esteem

How?
Pray for the gift of faith to know and believe that God loves you
unconditionally.
Look to the crucifix. Imagine Jesus whispering, I love you.
Repeat these words from the Gospel of John: As the Father loves me, so
also I love you. Remain in my love.
List all of the people who accept you as you are.
Ask God to forgive your sins.
Learn from mistakes and let them go.
Laugh at yourself.
Practice humility.
Praise and thank God.

The Fourth Commandment


Honor your father and mother.
ageism

euthanasia

Prejudice against old people


Any action or omission which of
itself and by intention causes
death, with the purpose of
eliminating suffering (Gospel of
Life, 65).

The Fourth Commandment


Honor

This commandment helps regulate


relationships within our social groups
where authority is exercised.
Honor involves respect, admiration,
and recognition of ones dignity.
Honor flows from the virtue of
justice.

The Fourth Commandment


Honor
This commandment promotes family values.
The family is the domestic Church which
mirrors the love and community of the Triune
God.
Every human being is worthy of honor,
especially parents.
Children should honor their parents by
observing their wishes. Parents should honor their
children as precious images of God, and respect
their vocation and career choices.

The Fifth Commandment


You shall not kill.

Human life comes from and returns


to God.
This commandment teaches respect
for human life and condemns as
gravely sinful any direct, intentional
killing.

The Fifth Commandment


Special Examples of Killing

Capital Punishment:
Criminals do merit punishment for their crimes.
Purpose of punishment:
To set right the disorder caused by criminal
offenses
To preserve public order and personal safety
To correct the offender
Revenge can never be the motive for our
actions.

The Fifth Commandment


Special Examples of Killing

Capital Punishment:
Reasons U.S. Bishops oppose capital punishment
in A Culture of Life and the Penalty of Death:
The sanction of death, when it is not necessary to protect
society, violates respect for human life and dignity.
State-sanctioned killing in our names diminishes all of
us.
Its application is deeply flawed and can be irreversibly
wrong.
We have other ways to punish criminals and protect
society.

The Fifth Commandment


Special Examples of Killing

War:
The Catholic
Church is
against war,
always
promoting a
peaceful
settlement of
disputes.

The Catholic
Church recognizes
that governments
have the right and
responsibility to
pass laws to enlist
citizens to help
defend the nation.

The Fifth Commandment


Special Examples of Killing
Conditions to fight in a just war:
There must be a real, lasting, grave and certain
danger.
War must be a last resort.
The rights and values in the conflict must be
important enough to justify killing.
War has to be waged for the noblest reasons and
with a commitment for postwar reconciliation with
the enemy.

The Fifth Commandment


Special Examples of Killing
Conditions to fight in a just war:
Only proper representation of the people have
the right to declare a war of defense.
The chance of success must be calculated
against the human cost of war.
Armed conflict must not create even worse evil
than that to be eliminated.

The Fifth Commandment


Special Examples of Killing

The moral law hold in times of


warfare. There must be no attacks on
innocent noncombatants; genocide;
terrorism; or use of nuclear,
biological, or chemical weapons all
of which indiscriminately destroy
persons and property.

The Fifth Commandment


Abortion and Other Violations Against the
Fifth Commandment

abortion

The deliberate killing


of unborn human life
by means of medical or
surgical procedures.
Direct abortion is
seriously wrong
because it is an
unjustified attack on
human life.

The Fifth Commandment


Abortion and Other Violations Against the
Fifth Commandment

The fifth commandment forbids


scandal; kidnapping; hostage-taking;
torture of prisoners; terrorist acts; and
bodily mutations, amputations, and
sterilizations performed for nonmedical purposes.

The Fifth Commandment


What Can we do About Abortion?

Respect all life.


Dont judge others.
Pray.
Get involved.
Be informed.

The Fifth Commandment


Corporal Works of Mercy

The Church holds that one is not guilty of


the sin of euthanasia when a decision is
made with the patients approval to withhold
aggressive medical treatment.
Extraordinary means (like a heroic and costly
operation on a dying patient) can be refused
Ordinary means (food, oxygen) should always be
used to care for the sick.
A person may take painkillers to lessen suffering.

The Fifth Commandment


Corporal Works of Mercy

Taking of
ones own life

Suicide
Suffering of grave
psychological
problems

We should
not judge. We
should pray.

The Fifth Commandment


Corporal Works of Mercy

Assisted
Suicide
The intentional assistance of
any dying or suffering
person in taking his or her
own life.

Respecting Personal Health


The Fifth Commandment requires us
to exercise the virtue of prudence to
take care of our health, one of Gods
precious gifts to us.
However, we should not make our
bodies our god.

Respecting Personal Health


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Respecting Personal Health


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Vocabulary
Self-esteem
Euthanasia
Abortion
Suicide
Assisted suicide
Cardinal virtues
Prudence
Justice
Fortitude
Temperance
Abstinence
Sobriety
Chastity