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Aine Canavan wrote:

Hi, guys —

There is a quote which I believe belongs to our faith; it is about taking reasonable care of one's health.

  • Can you please give me the correct wording?

Aine Canavan

  { Where can this quote about 'taking reasonable care of one's health" be found in our Catholic faith? }

Bob replied:

Aine,

I’m not sure what you are looking for.

  • Could it possibly be a Bible quote?
  • Can you provide more context?

St Paul talked about take a little wine for your stomachs (1 Timothy 5:23), meaning people should be mindful of their health, but I don’t know if that is what you are looking for.

Peace,

Bob Kirby

Mike replied:

Hi Aine,

I believe you are referring a quote from the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

II. Respect for the Dignity of Persons

Respect for health

2288 Life and physical health are precious gifts entrusted to us by God. We must take reasonable care of them, taking into account the needs of others and the common good.

Concern for the health of its citizens requires that society help in the attainment of living conditions that allow them to grow and reach maturity: food and clothing, housing, health care, basic education, employment, and social assistance.

2289 If morality requires respect for the life of the body, it does not make it an absolute value. It rejects a neo-pagan notion that tends to promote the cult of the body, to sacrifice everything for it's sake, to idolize physical perfection and success at sports. By its selective preference of the strong over the weak, such a conception can lead to the perversion of human relationships.

2290 The virtue of temperance disposes us to avoid every kind of excess: the abuse of food, alcohol, tobacco, or medicine. Those incur grave guilt who, by drunkenness or a love of speed, endanger their own and others' safety on the road, at sea, or in the air.

2291 The use of drugs inflicts very grave damage on human health and life. Their use, except on strictly therapeutic grounds, is a grave offense. Clandestine production of and trafficking in drugs are scandalous practices. They constitute direct co-operation in evil, since they encourage people to practices gravely contrary to the moral law.

Hope this helps,

Mike

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