This GCSE RE quiz on Catholicism looks at life for Catholics. Most faiths would probably agree that ~ apart from their God/s (in cases that have one, or any) ~ human life is the most precious thing on earth. Even in times when lives can seem sadly cheap … as through the wars and migrations and epidemics and other sapping problems facing our world today, as much as ever … the birth of each unique baby is an awesome phenomenon, and what any such baby may grow up to achieve remains potentially amazing ~ in such realms as science, medicine and other technology, charity, sport or the creative arts among many other fine fields of human endeavour.
So what is life for Roman Catholics? Its God-given preciousness is the ultimate key to its value: a life lived in as full harmony as possible, on earth, with God’s eternal will, can accomplish much good.
A recent example (at time of writing: autumn 2016) would be the sainting of Mother Teresa [of Kolkata; died 1997] whose tireless works of mercy, amid the poor and destitute, are an example to many. Any life is sacred in itself and to be respected, hence any conduct that could prevent or extinguish one (contraception, abortion, murder, euthanasia) is to be abhorred.
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