The following Religion/Christian Living Curriculum guidelines have been developed to assist teachers and administrators in the Diocese of Spokane.
Made in the Image of God | The most basic principle of the Christian moral life is the awareness that every person bears the dignity of being made in the image of God. He has given us an immortal soul and through the gifts of intelligence and reason enables us to understand the order of things established in his creation.
The Responsible Practice of Freedom | The second element of life in Christ is the responsible practice of freedom. Without freedom, we cannot speak meaningfully about morality or moral responsibility. Human freedom is more than the capacity to choose between this and that. It is the God-given power to become who He created us to be and so to share eternal union with Him. Ultimately, human freedom lies in our free decision to say “yes” to God.
The Understanding of Moral Acts | Every moral act consists of three elements: the objective act (what we do), the subjective goal or intention (why we do the act), and the concrete situation or circumstances in which we perform the act (where, when, how, with whom, the consequences, etc).
The Formation of Conscience | “Conscience is a judgement of reason by which the human person recognizes the moral quality of a concrete act” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1796). Conscience represents both the more general ability we have as human beings to know what is good and right and the concrete judgements we make in particular situations concerning what we should do or about what we have already done.
The Excellence of Virtues | The Christian moral life is one that seeks to cultivate and practice virtue. “A virtue is a habitual and firm disposition to do the good. It allows the person not only to perform good acts, but to give the best of himself” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1803). An effective moral life demands the practice of both human and theological virtues.
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