Recalling a situation where my moral values influenced the way I responded to an issue was when I decided to leave the Roman Catholic Church. I met with different priests, nuns, and lay people, listening to their arguments to why I was making a grave mistake. They used arguments that had been used for nearly 2000 years. They used hard line arguments and arguments of compassion. I understood these arguments because they were mine for many years. I had to deal with God forgiving me or if God was even concerned with what faith I believed in. The moral values that were instilled in me while growing up were important but how the church twisted them around no longer seemed logical. I thought those earlier moral values were true and I lived my faith accordingly. I did exactly what the church said I needed to do. I became very compassionate about contemplative prayer while a member of the Roman Catholic faith. It was through contemplative prayer that I started seeing certain arguments of the church that were wrong. The church was no longer compassionate and that was a strong moral value I had. The church was able to turn its back on a segment of society, and that was morally wrong as I understood my faith. There were no external forces trying to drive a wedge between me and the church. It was the moral teachings which became my moral values that made me want to leave the church. Logically I could put a list together of pros and cons of any faith. That list would be a list of pluses and minuses. It would be a list I thought up. My moral values list was a list of rights and wrongs. It was a list of how I felt. It was ironic that the moral values that were instilled in me were the very reasons I was leaving the church. It was the church that gave me the inner desire to change the path I was on. I look back at that decision process and I think when the thought of leaving the church first came to me, the best persuasive argument against it had been lost. I guess the consequences of my decision is yet to be known but I am a lot happier and more at peace then I ever had been.