Society has made the definition of person ambiguous. We think we know a person when we see one. A man is a person. A woman is a person. A boy is a person, and so on. A technical definition used today is that a person is a being with self-awareness or a being with certain legal rights and responsibilities within a culture. These distinctions presume a more fundamental definition. Are all human beings persons? Are only human beings persons? Who has the final say? We hear arguments that apes or dolphins might be persons because they are intelligent, and then we hear that human embryos and fetuses, better known as unborn children, are not persons. What does it mean to be a person?
This sane view is the Catholic view. We see everything—our spouses, our children, our families, our friends, our priests, our co-workers, even our enemies, our surroundings—as God’s creation upheld by him in existence every moment. In our lives, to seek the truth we seek to conform our minds to God so we can also form our wills to the will of God in our moral choices. Forming ourselves as Catholics means that we seek truth in every situation.
By Mikki Sciba
Have you ever eaten too much food and felt bad afterwards? Or have you felt really angry and acted out by yelling or throwing a fit? Sometimes people struggle with controlling what they do and how they feel. The virtue of temperance is about practicing self-control. It helps you control your actions, thoughts, and feelings. Our bodies need things that help it grow and flourish like food, water, exercise, and rest. Temperance helps you balance what your body needs without having too much or too little of it.
By Mikki Sciba
If you have ever watched a football game you know that the goal of the game is for your team to get the ball across your goal line, a touchdown. You also know that the person who is running with the football has many players from the other team trying to stop him and take him down. The other team does not want your team to reach the goal line and will make it difficult for your team to reach its goal. This is also true in our lives. We have a goal and things will make that difficult to accomplish. This is why we need fortitude.
By Allsion Tobola Low, M.D.
Who is Jesus Christ? When we profess the Nicene Creed, we declare that Jesus is uncreated, of the same divine substance as God the Father, eternal, truly God and that he became man. The Church also teaches in the Catechism of the Catholic Church that “Jesus Christ is true God and true man” (464). In hearing this, we proclaim, “Amen!” But do we know what these statements mean?