Catholic Morality: Sin, Virtue, Conscience, Duties to God, Neighbor, Etc.
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Every Catholic needs a good grounding in the principles of Catholic morality. And the Catholic Church has always enunciated a clear, traditional set of moral principles, which are based upon reason and the teachings of Christ and which bring us the moral norms of Scripture and Tradition in a clear and organized manner. In Catholic Morality (first published in 1928), Fr. Laux has done an excellent job of explaining the basic elements of Catholic moral teaching. Here, as in all his books, his remarkable talent for presenting a wealth of information briefly, simply, clearly, and with great interest comes through on every page. Covering both General Moral (Morality) and Special Moral, Fr. Laux first sets forth the basic Catholic principles on law, conscience, the virtues, the religious state, sin, temptation, punishment, etc. and then con-tinues with our duties to God, self and neighbor and as members of the family, the state and the Church. In the process he discusses scores of fascinating topics, ever focusing on the central, most important points of every matter. He covers such things as doubts against the Faith, conflicts between laws, chastity and sins of impurity, spiritism, rules of charity, private property, lies and mental reservation, prayer, love and fear, temptations, the four Cardinal Virtues, the Three Theological Virtues, etc. Often a single sentence or paragraph from this book will answer a question or settle a doubt which a person may have had for a long time.
Only a person who really knows the moral requirements God has imposed upon man can possibly hope to live up to them, and only such a person can be considered serious about his eternal salvation. Anyone who becomes familiar with Fr. Laux's Catholic Morality will have an excellent knowledge of Catholic moral princi-ples, which knowledge will give him an intelligent understanding of his duties in life and will enable him to live in accordance with God's holy law for man-which in turn will enable him to save his immortal soul.