Christian morality is a phrase used by the Church to refer to the ethical and moral principles and values that are taught and upheld in our faith. These principles and values are based on the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Scriptures and are intended to guide Catholics in their daily lives.
One of the cores of Christian morality is the belief in the inherent worth of every human being, as well as the belief that all of us are called to love God and love our neighbours as ourselves. In order to understand God’s love, one needs to have a proper knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This belief is expressed in the two greatest commandments that Jesus taught in the Gospels:
Jesus said to him: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. And the second is like to this: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments dependeth the whole law and the prophets. (Matthew 22:37-40).
In light of these teachings, we place a strong emphasis on the importance of virtues such as love, compassion, justice, and forgiveness. We are called to put these virtues into practice in all aspects of our lives, including our relationships with others, our work, and our involvement in the world around us.
Christian morality also recognizes the reality of sin and the need for redemption and forgiveness. We believe that we can be saved from our sins through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and that we are called to live a life that reflects the grace and forgiveness that we have received. Just as living a life of true morality is a never-ending process, so is salvation.
Overall, Christian morality is a comprehensive framework for understanding the nature of God, the purpose of human life, and the responsibilities of individuals in the world. It is a guiding principle for Christian living, and serves as a source of guidance, comfort, and hope for us as we navigate the challenges of daily life.