In this article, Fr Fausto Gomez, OP, reflects on the nature of the human person and their social responsibility. As a social being, we must respect and love others as human persons. In a Christian perspective, every neighbor is our brother or sister in Christ. Our responsibility is to defend and promote human rights and work for justice and solidarity. Pursuing happiness means becoming a flourishing human being, living with and for others. Doing good leads to happiness, while doing evil leads to unhappiness. Priests and pastors seem to be among the happiest professions, perhaps due to their relationship with God and inner peace.
The CCC (No. 1803) explains “A virtue is a habitual and firm disposition to do the good. It allows the person not only to perform good acts, but to give the best of himself. The virtuous person tends toward the good with all his sensory and spiritual powers; he pursues the good and chooses it in concrete actions. ‘The goal of a virtuous life is to become like God’ (St Gregory of Nyssa, De beatitudinibus, 1).”
We have affirmed that man has the power to make informed and intelligent choices – that he is free. St Thomas teaches us, however, that there is one thing in life which we are not free to choose or to reject, something that we necessarily long for.