RCIA

Class #4

Freedom and Happiness

St. Theresa of Calcutta feeding a hungry child

St. Theresa of Calcutta feeding a hungry child

 
 

We talked in this session about morality and what is demanded of us in the way we live our lives. Here is the worksheet that we filled out with the answers included: 

1. The conscience is the part of the human heart that hears the voice of God, and which tells us how to live. What two fundamental laws does the conscience direct a person to obey?

Do Good

Avoid Evil

 

2. If a person always practices doing good and avoiding evil, it becomes a habit. When this habit is formed, it is easier to fight off temptations to go against your conscience. 

What is this called when it is easy to do good and avoid evil because a person has a habit of always doing the right thing?

Virtue

 

3. If a person regularly does evil and fails to do good, it becomes a habit. It gets harder and harder to fight temptation to sin. It even becomes hard to know what is right, because a person is so used to ignoring their conscience.

What is this called when a person gets accustomed to habitually doing what is morally wrong?

Vice

 

4. There are four “Cardinal Virtues” that help a person to obey their conscience no matter what, and they all serve a different purpose in the understanding and practice of living a good life. Name the virtue that helps with the following:

  • The ability to tell the right thing to do in a particular circumstance: Prudence
  • The habit of giving each person his due (God, others, self): Justice
  • The courage and strength to do the right thing even when it is difficult: Fortitude
  • The self-control to avoid doing evil even when it is tempting: Temperance

5. List the “Seven Deadly Sins”:

Pride, Envy, Wrath, Sloth, Greed, Gluttony, Lust

 

Homework:

  • Click here for the homework reading for next time.

Resources:

  • Click here for a blank copy of the worksheet from this class.
  • Click here for an examination of conscience based on the Ten Commandments.