11 April 2016

The Truth Does Have a Splendour about It

From the encyclical Veritatis Splendor, John Paul II, paragraph 72:

"72. The morality of acts is defined by the relationship of man’s freedom with the authentic good. This good is established, as the eternal law, by Divine Wisdom which orders every being towards its end: this eternal law is known both by man’s natural reason (hence it is “natural law”), and — in an integral and perfect way — by God’s supernatural Revelation (hence it is called “divine law”). Acting is morally good when the choices of freedom are in conformity with man’s true good and thus express the voluntary ordering of the person towards his ultimate end: God himself, the supreme good in whom man finds his full and perfect happiness.


The rational ordering of the human act to the good in its truth and the voluntary pursuit of that good, known by reason, constitute morality. Hence human activity cannot be judged as morally good merely because it is a means for attaining one or another of its goals, or simply because the subject’s intention is good. Activity is morally good when it attests to and expresses the voluntary ordering of the person to his ultimate end and the conformity of a concrete action with the human good as it is acknowledged in its truth by reason. If the object of the concrete action is not in harmony with the true good of the person, the choice of that action makes our will and ourselves morally evil, thus putting us in conflict with our ultimate end, the supreme good, God himself.

(emphases added)

--h/t to Mundabor's blog

1 comment:

M. Prodigal said...

So my son who lives with his fiancé and then have a baby now....so, is he okay spiritually now? I am sure there are 'seeds of goodness' there as they love their little child and so forth. Is he no longer in a state of mortal sin? Does he no longer offend God with this relationship outside of the commitment of marriage?

One could make an argument based on this exhortation....