Catholic Social Teaching Ch 1,2,3

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individualism

each person should take responsibility for his or her own life and when people fail to take care of self others aren't expected to help

enlightened self-interest

realization that by helping others we are really helping ourselves in the end

compassion

feeling of life-giving closeness and protective care

love

willing good for each other

selfishness

seeking things for oneself in a way that ignores the good of others and causes suffering

heaven

state of perfect communion with Holy Trinity

free

the ability to choose what to do

original sin

sins of our first parents all humans inherit, makes us have tendency to sin

personal sin

wrongful actions or omissions that humans choose

grace

transforming love of God

justice

establishment of loving relationships among human beings, God and creation so life can flourish in the way God intends

injustice

condition which people put obstacles in the way of loving relationships

reign of God

the way things are when love is more important than anything else in people's lives

catholic social teaching

teaching of the church that examines human society in light of the Gospel and Church Tradition to guide Christians

natural law

God-given need for creation to follow what God intended it to be

the circle of faith-in-action

approach to doing justine, combination of circle of praxis and call to action

culture

all shared values, beliefs and ways of relating and living together that characterize a group of people

respect

to look beyond first impression and see goodness

interdependent

we depend on one another for existence

social structures

the patterns of relationships that shape any society

power

God-given ability all have to affect our own lives, others and the world

power-over

power can be acquired to it can be lost so it needs to be defended

power-with

power is meant to be shared in relationship with others

direct action

aimed at meeting immediate need

social action

change behavior of society and its institutions in a way that promotes justice

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