As we begin our year we will reflect on several basic concepts that are the foundation for our knowledge and understanding of God. We will discuss: human dignity that is the concept that all people are created in God’s image and likeness. We will reflect on the meaning of natural law or God’s law and how our consciences inform our actions.
We’ll discuss some of the things that distance us from God’s love – original sin, which we are born with but is removed by baptism. You’ll recall there are sins that we are responsible for the serious ones which are called: mortal sin and lesser but still concerning venial sins. What do we mean by the Church and the community of believers we worship with.
One way to maintain a strong relationship with God is to review your day and reflect on what has gone well that you are grateful for and also to reflect on where you could do better. St Ignatius developed a simple approach called the Exam to help his followers do this. Check out this resource: Busted Halo’s Examen.
Your assignment this week is to review this article by Cardinal Dolan (he was named Cardinal later, after this was published) and then comment on what he means by human dignity and why it is such an important belief for us. : Archbishop Dolan defines human dignity as ‘primary doctrine’ of church
I am looking forward to seeing you in class!