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Thesis Statement # 4 by Mind Map: Thesis Statement # 4
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Thesis Statement # 4

1.Moral Character results from a mature and responsible exercise of freedom and conscience.

focuses primarily on the person-in-relationship and in-community and therefore on the moral subject

manifests itself through one's action and refers to who one is as a human being

One's moral identity as a person

2. It is concerned with making choices but more importantly, with becoming the persons we ought to become.

our moral character is built by the choices we make and the actions we perform

these choices spring from our goodness

two choices

our choices make us who we are as persons

Choices do not just have an impact on the directly affected situation but on who we are and what we shape our lives to be

our choices build up or damage our moral character

the sum of our moral character doesn't happen overnight

3. Forming moral character is not a result of happenstance or genetic engineering.

our moral character becomes what it is and will be at the end of life only by a long and complex process of formation, both formal and informal

Our choices form our moral character -- our choices are based on objective moral norms

4. It is a result of the interplay of factors involving family, church, society, school, etc.

conditioning factors

church, society, school

5. Good moral character has a direct connection to being a good Christian.

For conscience to develop properly, it must be rooted in Christ and the Holy Spirit, nourished by prayer and the Church's Sacramental life

The church is a powerful shaper of our moral character

Each one will respond to these influences in his or her own way and thus will make his/her choices and form his/her character in a manner that is uniquely personal

Particularly important

6. Good moral decisions leading to good moral character is a result of a faith life, a life of prayer, and mature knowledge.

highlights the importance of interior life

spiritual exercises attempt to develop the ability to cultivate the life of faith or the spiritual journey

How can we say that a person has good moral character?

7. Contrary to negative tradition, emotions have a place in the formation of moral character.

Central element of emotional maturity: knowing emotions as they occur

They don't always lead us into trouble

They have an intelligence of their own which when properly understood and deployed, leads to attitudes, choices, and actions that are not less but more intelligent and human

our emotions and passions have real wisdom when integrated and exercised

The level of our emotional maturity and intelligence directly affects our morality

Thus, emotions need to be managed intelligently instead of our being controlled by them.

Central element of emotional maturity: knowing emotions as they occur