By James F. Keenan SJ
The second one version of James F. Keenan's ethical knowledge has been absolutely revised and up-to-date, together with new discussions of social sin and Pope Benedict XVI's encyclical Caritas in Veritate, a clearer exploration of Jesus within the New testomony, and new research questions on the finish of every bankruptcy. _Moral wisdom,_ as Father Keenan calls it, is the special present of the Catholic culture, a present that is helping us parent what values to pursue and which virtues to include at the route to changing into who we actually are and who God wishes us to be.
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I soon heard a voice telling me in German that the convent was closed. I responded that I was not a tourist, that I came only to pray. “We’re closed,” the German sister repeated. ” I had come to Dachau to pray and was not allowed to. I began my trek back, even angrier than before. The skies were darker and my spirits were enraged. As I walked back, I saw the white church again. I thought, I did not come to pray in the church where conspirers pray; 23 Chapter One I came to pray where the persecuted died.
Outside, I looked up, the skies were beautifully blue, with wisps of clouds across the horizon. ” I sat down on the curb and cried. And in my tears, I realized how worthwhile it was to love God, myself, and my neighbor. I conclude now on neighbor love. Like my experience at Dachau, we cannot love our neighbors except for as they are. I learned, in my sinfulness, by God’s love, what self-love was. The comprehensiveness 24 Love of love is no less applicable for neighbor love. We are called to love our neighbors, not in their goodness alone but in their entirety and in their specificity.
The conscience, then, is the seat of personal responsibility. Following the conscience is not a private matter. On the contrary, as the seat of personal responsibility, it helps us to see that we are constitutively related to God, ourselves, and the neighbor. We are inescapably social, so much so that whatever our conscience guides us to do will be brought to light. Whatever we try to do in private will inevitably enter into the very nature of ourselves. Since we cannot escape our consciences, we cannot escape our own relational responsibilities.