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Western University
Philosophy 4990A/B
Michael Fox

CHAPTER 1 - CHRIST AND THE ANSWER TO THE QUESTION  The full meaning of life. This is in fact the aspiration at the heart of every human decision and action, the quiet searching and interior prompting which sets freedom in the motion. This question is ultimately an appeal to the absolute Good which attracts us and beckons us; it is the echo of a call from God who is the origin and goal of man’s life  People today need to turn to Christ once again in order to receive from him the answer to their questions about what is good and what is evil  Jesus answers the young man by taking him by the hand and leading him step by step to the full truth  No one is good but god alone, only God can answer the question about what is good, because he is the Good itself  What man is man and what he must do becomes clear as soon as God reveals himself  For no greater reward should be sought than that love itself; charity in fact is of God in such a way that God himself is charity  God has already given an answer to this question: he did so by creating man and ordering him with wisdom and love to his final end, through the law which is inscribed in his heart, the natural law. The latter is nothing other than the light of understanding infused in us by God whereby we understand what must be done and what must be avoided  God’s commandments show man the path of life and they lead to it  Jesus himself definitively confirms them and proposes them to us as the way and condition of salvation. .The commandments are linked to a promise. In the old Covenant the object of the promise was the possession of a land where the people would be able to live in freedom and in accordance with righteousness  In the new Covenant the object of the promise is the Kingdom of Heaven as Jesus declares at the beginning  Nevertheless we cannot fail to notice which commandments of the law the Lord recalls to the young man  Negative precepts express with particular force the ever urgent need to protect human life, the communion of persons in marriage, private property, truthfulness and people’s good name  Their inseparable unit is attested to by Christ in his words and by his very life: his mission culminates in the Cross of our Redemption – the sign of his indivisible love for the Father and for humanity  Christ is the center of the economy of salvation, the recapitulation of the Old and New
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