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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


feeling of life-giving closeness and protective care


willing good for each other


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


state of perfect communion with Holy Trinity


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


transforming love of God


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


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


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


to look beyond first impression and see goodness


we depend on one another for existence

social structures

the patterns of relationships that shape any society


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


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


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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