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The Catholic University of America Press, 1997); and Lawrence Feingold, The Natural Desire to See God according to St. Thomas Aquinas and His Interpreters, 2nd ed. : Sapientia Press, 2010). 52. St. 2. Other authors have proposed more elaborate lists of human ends. For example, Germain Grisez has suggested that human beings have seven categories of human goods that perfect persons and contribute to their fulfillment both as individuals and as communities: self-integration, practical reasonableness and authenticity, justice and friendship, religion, life and health, knowledge of truth and appreciation of beauty, and satisfaction in playful activities and skillful performances.

Latkovic, and Richard S. : The Catholic University of America Press, 2004). 30 Bioethics and the Pursuit of Beatitude Not surprisingly, therefore, moral theology emerges from an anthropological account of the ends that perfect the human agent. Reflecting upon the order of nature and the order of grace, St. 51 First, he taught that there is our ultimate end that defines the human species, that of knowing the truth and of desiring the good, especially the truth that God exists and that He has created the world.

This can often lead to an existential crisis. ”34 Suffering can lead to a sense of isolation and abandonment, because by its nature, the distress of suffering is necessarily private and highly individualized. Numerous cultures and religious traditions have struggled to respond to the mystery of suffering. However, for many in contemporary society, suffering has no meaning. It is pointless and absurd. In fact, for these individuals, suffering is a great evil in itself, because it appears to undermine the dignity of the human being by robbing him of his independence and self-respect.

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