VLCFF Course – Introduction to Practical Morality

I’m happy to announce that registration is open for an online course I will be facilitating next month for the University of Dayton’s Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF):

Introduction to Practical Morality (February 26 through March 31, 2012) – “This course is designed to provide participants with knowledge of the foundations of moral theology and conscience formation. A focal point for the course will be an understanding of the human being’s relationship with God who created us in His image and likeness and what that means for moral living. The sacred and social dimensions of being human will be explored. Participants will learn a process for moral decision-making and will practice applying the process in practical life situations.”

Registration information is available at the VLCFF web site. Courses are $90, or $40 if you live in a partnering diocese.

‘That’s why I don’t go to church!’

Poor human nature! It is a sad fact that religious people are often very unamiable, even to each other: even in connection with church work!

A little girl prayed: ‘Please, God, make all the bad people good and all the good people nice.’

And some poet sang:

‘Living with the saints above,
All is peace and glory.
Living with the saints below,
That’s another story.’

Let’s avoid that pitfall anyhow. Good Catholics ought to be a recommendation for their religion by their inward joy and outward kindness.

– Rev. F.H. Drinkwater, Catechism Stories Part III: The Commandments (1939)

VLCFF Course – Introduction to Practical Morality

I’m happy to announce that registration is open for an online course I will be facilitating for the University of Dayton’s Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF):

Introduction to Practical Morality (January 23 through February 26, 2011) – “This course is designed to provide participants with knowledge of the foundations of moral theology and conscience formation. A focal point for the course will be an understanding of the human being’s relationship with God who created us in His image and likeness and what that means for moral living. The sacred and social dimensions of being human will be explored. Participants will learn a process for moral decision-making and will practice applying the process in practical life situations.”

Registration information is available at the VLCFF web site. Courses are $90, or $40 if you live in a partnering diocese.

Respect has no substitute

Respect has no substitute; neither assistance nor obedience nor love can supply it or take its place It may happen that children are no longer obliged to help their parents; they may be justified in not obeying them; the circumstances may be such that they no longer have love or affection for them; but respect can never be wanting without serious guilt. The reason is simple: because it is due in justice, because it is founded on natural rights that can never be forfeited, even when parents themselves lose the sense of their own dignity.

– Rev. John H. Stapelton, Explanation of Catholic Morals (1913)