At-Home Lesson#7

Part 3. Unique and Infinitely Valuable: THE HUMAN PERSON

Topic 1: The Dignity of the Human Person [1]

Behind DOCAT

We spend a lot of time talking about groups of people—different communities, age groups, ethnic groups, religious groups, the poor, the sick, etc. But we can’t forget that these groups are made up of individual persons. Most importantly, each individual person is made in the image and likeness of God, and therefore each person has equal, inviolable dignity. The dignity of the human person is the basis for all of the Church’s social teaching. All of the rights, freedoms, and responsibilities of the human person are rooted in that God-given dignity.


Read the content under DOCAT# 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, and 62 (numbers in blue circle) from DOCAT p.60~p.70. [2]

What Does DOCAT Say?

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What Does the Bible Say?

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DO Reflect

A lot of pop psychology focuses on “finding yourself.” To find myself, I need to understand my emotions and motivations, accept myself for who I am, live up to my full potential, and so on. Do you see a theme here? It’s all “me, me, me!”

The Church offers a different approach to fulfillment, and it’s something we can’t accomplish all alone. It’s all about loving one another as God has loved us. Vatican Il’s Gaudium et Spes says that the “likeness between the union of the divine Persons, and the unity of God’s sons in truth and charity. . . reveals that man, who is the only creature on earth that God willed for itself, cannot fully find himself except through a sincere gift of himself” (no. 24). God is a Trinity of Persons, a community of love. Since we are created in his image and likeness, we cannot find fulfillment without learning to give ourselves to others in love.

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DO Chat

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DO Challenge

Reach Out:    Who do you know who might be feeling isolated or excluded? Find a way to reach out to them to acknowledge their dignity and help them find an experience of community.

Learn:    Choose one or two of the ways to form your conscience discussed in DO Chat no. 4 and work on forming your conscience this week.

References / Citations

[1] DOCAT Study Guide. San Francisco, Calif: Ignatius Press, 2016.

[2] DOCAT: What to do? The Social Teaching of the Catholic Church. San Francisco, Calif: Ignatius Press, 2016.

[3] BibleGateway (online bible).