Loving God in our Schools
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Goal of this Night
The middle school youth will consider how they experience the love of God in their friendships, and how following the example of Christ can enhance relationships with friends.
About this night
The eighth commandment, “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor,” helps to define our relationships with one another by prohibiting any interactions that are untruthful. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states:
The eighth commandment forbids misrepresenting the truth in our relations with others. This moral prescription flows from the vocation of the holy people to bear witness to their God who is the truth and wills the truth. Offenses against the truth express by word or deed a refusal to commit oneself to moral uprightness: they are fundamental infidelities to God and, in this sense, they undermine the foundations of the covenant. (2464)
Truth in our interactions with one another, therefore, is required.
Truth as uprightness in human action and speech is called truthfulness, sincerity, or candor. Truth or truthfulness is the virtue which consists in showing oneself true in deeds and truthful in words, and in guarding against duplicity, dissimulation, and hypocrisy. ‘Men could not live with one another if there were not mutual confidence that they were being truthful to one another.’ The virtue of truth gives another his just due. Truthfulness keeps to the just mean between what ought to be expressed and what ought to be kept secret: it entails honesty and discretion. In justice, ‘as a matter of honor, one man owes it to another to manifest the truth.’ (2468-2469)
Offenses against the truth take several forms, including false witness and perjury; damage to another’s reputation through rash judgment, detraction and calumny; flattery, adulation and complaisance; boasting, bragging and irony; and lying (2476-2482). These are to be avoided in our relationships with our friends and others in the community.
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