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Lesson 7

Call to Family, Community, and Participation

Society itself depends upon the well-being of the family; therefore, the good of the family should take priority in nature to the good of civil society or the State.

Lesson Vocabulary
  • State of Nature
    (n.): The theoretical condition of human beings before the institution of any form of government. This hypothetical condition was advanced by social contract theorists such as Rousseau, Locke, and Hobbes, who viewed society as a 鈥渃ompact鈥 or agreement among individuals in which they surrender some of their natural liberty to the State in exchange for protection.
  • Social Construct
    (n.): An idea or structure created, agreed upon, and promoted by society, which is not founded upon natural law.
  • The State
    (n.): A politically organized body of people under a system of govenment that usually occupies a defined territory.
  • Domestic Church
    (n.): A phrase that describes the Christian family, the original cell of society where we first learn the Faith.
  • Evangelist
    (n.): Someone who shares the message or good news of the Gospel with others.
  • Marriage
    (n.): The union between one man and one woman that is unitive, indissoluble, faithful, and procreative.
  • Personal Responsibility
    (n.): The acceptance of and accountability for the consequences of a person鈥檚 own freely made choices. Every person also possesses certain duties to the community and to contribute to the common good.
  • Participation
    (n.): The voluntary and generous engagement of a person in social interchange and the promotion of the common good, each according to his position and role. This obligation is inherent in the dignity of the human person.
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