Monday, February 8, 2010

object, End, and circumstances

When assessing the moral quality of an act, we often partition the act into "object" (what the agent physically does), "end" (the intent of the act), and "circumstances" (other mitigating factors).

A morally good act requires a good object AND a good end AND good circumstances. The absence of any of these three imparts a negative quality to the morality of the act.

My greatest struggle is with my "ends." Evil intentions from disordered passions often rise up inside of me---at terribly inconvenient times---threatening to pollute an action with good object and circumstances the very moment before I perform it.

Holy people are probably not this complicated.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Loss of "Original Solitude"

This is from Chastity and the Common Good: True Freedom in Being Bound to Another by Ann M. Hanincik M.T.S:
With the Fall and the emergence of sin came not so much a loss of solitude, as the distortion of its original meaning. A new kind of solitude emerged, one that celebrates separation, autonomy, and the with to be "left alone." Karol Wojtyla explores this sham of solitude in a profound way in his play The Radiation of Fatherhood. In the play, the character of Adam laments his responsibility toward others and longs for the solitude that is autonomy. He cries out to God: Ah, to stand apart from everything, so that I could be only within myself!
Wow.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Freedom and the Law of God

If freedom and obedience to the Law of God are one and the same, it may be because the Law of God commands us to act in precisely the way that makes us most free.