Post Unit Reflection

Identity and Relationships

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What Is Important In a Healthy Relationship?

There are many factors that contribute to a healthy relationship. Honesty is a trait that is good to have on both sides of the relationship. Being able to trust one another is something vital in a relationship, without it it would be difficult to tell each other anything and be able to share without being comfortable with each other.

Communication is needed in a healthy relationship, if there is no communication in the relationship it will not workout for either of the two people, you should listen to one another and respect each persons separate opinions. One of the most important parts of being in a relationship is being comfortable around one another. If you cant actually be yourselves together then why be together at all, you should be liked for who you are and that is the same for both people.

Informed Conscience

Your conscience tells you what your inner feelings of what is right and what is wrong which motivates a persons choice of actions.Your informed conscience is an instinct which allows decision making to occur while considering all of the possible consequences as well as the possible gains. We form our conscience with the truth of the moral realm. In psychological terms conscience is often described as leading to feelings of remorse when a human commits actions that go against his/her moral values and to feelings of rectitude or integrity when actions conform.

Catholic Church Teaching On Sexual Intimacy

The Catholic teaches us that sexuality is a great gift, Sexual intimacy finds its fullness in the commitment of a marriage relationship, sexual intimacy includes physical, emotional, social, intellectual and spiritual aspects of a human person.

Sexual acts have two functions: they are both unitive and procreative.

Unitive: means the couple are brought together in a special way through intercourse.

Procreative: means that sexual intercourse has the potential to start a new life.

Homosexual acts cannot be procreative and sexual acts must respect the dignity of each person.

The church teaches us this because we are created with dignity and worth that gives us rights, responsibilities and uniqueness. Every human act, sexual or otherwise should enhance and reflect the image, dignity and respect of individuals. Of the need to maintain standards, to protect and promote these values.

Our faith community understands while we are called to life giving relationships, commitments and responsibilities, our failures do not condemn us but through forgiveness and amendment we continue to seek fullness of life. While Church laws and teachings serve the community and present values and standards for all, each individual must conscientiously live ones faith in real life situations. The spirit of God is within each one of us.

Catholic Church Teachings on Contraceptives

The Catholic Church teaches that sexual intercourse is only for married couples and that these sexual acts have two functions: unitive and procreative.

Unitive - The couple are brought together in a special way through sexual intercourse.

Procreative - Sexual intercours has the potential of beginning a new life.

Both these functions are equally special and important and are part of Gods gift of sexuality.