Goodness.. (gracious !)

Goodness.. (gracious !)

The subject of this point of reflection is goodness. Goodness is part of fruits of the Holy Spirit. Goodness is something that could in some circles be thought of not to much unlike niceness. This, however, is not quite like that. Goodness has to do with those
things are in the realm of morality.

First, was the idea that mankind was created by God, In Genesis 1:27

“God created mankind in his image;
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.

God blessed them and God said to them: Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and all the living things that crawl on the earth.

God also said: See, I give you every seed-bearing plant on all the earth and every tree that has seed-bearing fruit on it to be your food;

and to all the wild animals, all the birds of the air, and all the living creatures that crawl on the earth, I give all the green plants for food. And so it happened.

God looked at everything he had made, and found it very good. Evening came, and morning followed—the sixth day ”

So, we know that man was created “good”, and we also know that through the course of salvation history mankind fell from grace, and to spite everything we still suffer from
the stain of sin. So there is always some work to do in this area..

So how is it that we know if our actions are “good” or not ?

Lets take a look at what the Catechism teaches us :

“A morally good act requires the goodness of the object, of the end , and of the circumstances together. An evil end, corrupts the action, even if the object is good in itself ( such as praying and fasting ” in order to be seen by men”)

The object of the choice can by itself vitiate an act in its entirety. There are some concrete acts – such as fornication – that it is always wrong to choose , because choosing them entails a disorder of the will, that is , a moral evil.

It is therefore an error to judge the morality of human acts by considering only the intention that inspires them or the circumstances ( environment, social pressure, duress, or emergency, etc) which supply their context. There are acts which, in and of themselves, independent of circumstances and intentions, are always gravely illicit by reason of their object ; such as blasphemy, and perjury, murder and adultery. One may not do evil so that good may result from it.” ( CCC 1755-56).

Basically, any action that contains a component that is evil or illicit is in and of itself morally corrupt, regardless of the circumstance, or method.

Now consider what this means in light of the current world view…

Currently we live in a culture of death. It is currently acceptable from a worldly point of view to take the life of another human being, with the exception of a few circumstances.

Abortion, Euthanasia, Right to die, Assisted suicide, illness of various sorts are all perfectly acceptable in the eyes of the world as a reason to take life. This view is distorted and contrary to Moral theology.

For instance, it is not morally acceptable to kill one child, so that another child might have a heart transplant, so the other child will live.

Abortion is not morally acceptable, first because the taking of a life is not ever acceptable, but for the sake of this discussion, having an abortion because you fear that it would keep you from attending college is not morally acceptable because in your view, the “good” of having an easier life after attending school, does not negate the evil of taking a life.

In the same way.. Just because something is “legal” does not make it “moral” or good. ergo, whether in its object, or in its circumstance, regardless of intent, it is still evil.

Man was given the gift of free will, so that although we have been given the gift of salvation, it still is a choice left to each person to make.

Do good to your brothers and sisters, love your neighbor, all of these admonitions point the way for us to know what is good. TO know what is just and to know what is right.

Jesus made it so painfully simple, and even whittled it down to only 2 commandments.
To love God with all your heart, mind and soul, and to love your neighbor as yourself.

All of the other fruits of “GOOD” are able to be extrapolated from these two commandments.

As Franciscans, the other part of the greeting ” Peace and all Good” , is born out in our mission to not only to be peacemakers, but to DO good, and to bless others, and to carry all the blessings we can forward for the “good” of others..

May God give you the gift of his Peace !….. and Good !

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