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Living the Moral Life 56

God’s grace is also there for us in the Sacrament of the Eucharist. There are primarily two events when Jesus gives us the graces from the Eucharist. First, when we adore Him in the Eucharist and the other is when we receive Him in the Eucharist. But when does He give us those graces? How do we take advantage of those graces?

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Living the Moral Life 53

Our flesh and the world work on the weak spots of our weak intellect since the fall of Adam and Eve and the passions overtaking the intellect. We have a tendency to overindulge in coffee, ice cream, chocolate, money, power, and the list goes on. We also get caught up in the flashy stuff. We might see all the “beautiful people” on TV with all their glittering clothes. We want all the newest gadgets, the finest cars, homes, lawn, and etc. Continue reading

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Living the Moral Life 52

When trying to get to our final goal in Heaven, we need to have a plan. We have to do more than avoid sin. Our general plan is to practice virtue. The Catechism says virtue is “A habitual and firm disposition to do the good. The moral virtues are acquired through human effort aided by God’s grace; the theological virtues are gifts of God” (CCC 1803). So a virtue is not acquired by simply doing something once. It needs to be habitual, meaning over and over. It also needs to be a firm disposition. The person needs to be resolved to make the virtue consistent and part of the character of the person. There is a real human effort that is made to practice the good, yet at the same time that person must rely on God’s grace. Though it takes human effort, it takes more than just human effort; it also takes grace. If a child takes out the garbage once, it does not make the act or child virtuous. Neither does it if the child does not do the act with God’s grace and grumbles while taking out the garbage. Virtue also must be whole. That will be coming later. Continue reading

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Conscience Vs Law : Fr B. Mullady

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Living the Moral Life 39

The Ten Commandments are the basis for the moral life, but they are not the only things we should be looking at. Jesus also added some things, like the Beatitudes (Mt 5:3-12) and forgiveness (Mt 6:15). Jesus wants to look deeper into the soul and help the soul receive the healing it needs, not just the body (Mt 6:19-21). It is not just our actions that get judged. To be perfect, as our Heavenly Father is perfect, is no easy task (Mt 5:43-48). Continue reading

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Living the Moral Life 37

The ninth Commandment states, “You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife” (Ex 20:17). This coveting is a mortal sin and merits eternal damnation. But what is coveting? Continue reading