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Catholic Word of the Day: DEATH WISH, 02-21-14
CCDictionary ^ | 02-21-14 | from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary

Posted on 02/21/2014 7:46:07 AM PST by Salvation

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The conscious and deliberate desire to die. This desire for death may be lawful, unlawful, or lacking in moral perfection. It is lawful to desire death when the hope is inspired by a good motive, such as the desire for union with God in heaven. It is unlawful when animated by an evil motive, such as boredom or disgust with life. Such a desire, however, would rarely be a grave sin for lack of serious intention to carry the desire into effect. It is a lack of moral perfection to desire death when through sheer impatience one prefers to lose one's life rather than continue to endure the hardships that God sends to one.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; History; Theology
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Quite interesting.

Obviously taking one's life, such as with euthanasia wasn't something written about when Fr. Hardon compiled this dictionary.

1 posted on 02/21/2014 7:46:07 AM PST by Salvation
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2 posted on 02/21/2014 7:53:34 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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