Thursday, July 20, 2017

6. What do you mean when you say that your Soul is Immortal?

1963 - USA

6. What do you mean when you say that your soul is immortal!

When I say that my soul is immortal, I mean that my soul can never die.

7. Of which must you take most care, of your body or your soul?
I must take most care of my soul; for Christ has said, "What doth it profit a man if he gain the whole world and suffer the loss of his own soul?" (Matt. xvi. 26).
When we die our bodies are in a short time placed in a coffin and buried deep in the earth; but what has become of the soul? It has appeared before God, and has been judged by Him according to the life it led upon earth. Then, at least, shall we understand why God has made us. It will not matter much to us then what has become of our body, but it will matter to us what becomes of our soul. If I were to say to you, Do you want to save your soul? do you really want to make it safe for the next world? of course you would say "Yes"; but perhaps your difficulty may be that you do not know how to go about it. That is why the Catechism next asks - What must you do to save your soul? (Tomorrow's Lesson. 😇😇)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

In Whose Image and Likeness did God make you? 3,4 & 5

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Kansas Farm Boy, USA - 1947 

In Whose Image and Likeness did God make you!

God made me in His own image and likeness.

We are composed of body and soul; and there are with us two kinds of life: the life of the body and the life of the soul. The image of God is in the soul, no in the body. God has not a body as we have, He is a spirit; He has made our souls spirits like to Himself. This is what the Catechism means when it asks:

4. Is this likeness to God in your body or in your soul?
This likeness to God is chiefly in my soul.

We are then asked: 

5. How is your soul like to God?
My soul is like to God because it is a spirit, and is immortal. 
     A spirit is something that we cannot see, but which really lives and exists like God Himself or the Angels. We know for certain that each one has a soul living in him, but we cannot see it. If you have ever seen a person die, you knew that the soul had left and gone out of the body; but you could not see it go, because it was a spirit. God is the great Spirit, and we are, as it were, spirits of a lower order or kind; but because we are spirits we are like to God. Again, the Catechism says my soul is immortal. Now God is immortal―that is, He cannot die; and He has made my soul immortal like Himself. My soul can never die now; it must live as long as God lives, either with Him in heaven or apart from Him in hell. That is the reason why heaven and hell are eternal.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

So - Why did God Make You?


God made me to know Him, love Him and serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him for ever in the next.

Here we are face to face with the greatest problem of our existence―viz., why we are here. God never does anything, even the most minute thing, without having some end in view; and surely when He created man, the noblest work of His hands, He must have had some very special object in creating Him. The Catechism tells us that He made man for Himself.

First, to know Him. Now we can, and do, know a great deal about God, even though we have never seen Him: (1) From the Old Testament, where God revealed Himself to the patriarchs and prophets; (2) from the New Testament, where God has made known to us much about Himself and the next world through Jesus Christ, His only Son.

Secondly, we are made to love God. The more we know about Him the more we see His infinite beauty and goodness, and thus we are induced to love Him; for even in this world we love what is beautiful and good.

Lastly, we are made to serve God. The way we show our love for God is by serving Him, by doing His will. He Himself has said, "If you love Me, keep My commandments" (John xiv. 15). The reward of all this―viz., of trying to know all we can about God, of loving and serving Him―is to be the possession of heaven, that happy place to which everyone is anxious to go, God has promised this, so we cannot doubt it.

So you understand now why you were made, why you are here: not to make a great name for yourself, not to get rich, not to enjoy yourself as you like, but simply to serve the God who made you. You are one of His creatures; you depend entirely upon Him for everything. As your Creator, God has His rights over you, and the greatest of these rights is that you should know and love and serve Him.

The Catechism Simply Explained 
B. Herder Book Company , 1899

Monday, July 17, 2017

The Catechism Simply Explained - Chapter 1

Country School, Boyd Michigan, USA - 1951

Who Made You?

There is no doubt about this, for the ninety-ninth Psalm of holy David says, "He made us and not we ourselves." Some people do, indeed deny the existence of God; but to do this is to act against reason, for they thereby make their own existence a greater mystery than that which they deny.

The Catechism Simply Explained,
B. Herder Book Company, 1899

Sunday, July 16, 2017

33. Impure Thoughts

Are impure thoughts and desires always sins? 
Impure thoughts and desires are always sins, unless they displease us and we try to banish them. 

What should one do when tempted by an impure thought or desire?
One should banish the impure temptation at once, implore God's assistance, and continue to fight with courage against the tempter. (James 1: 12)

Advanced Catechism of Catholic Faith, 1922

Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Fecundity of Your Heart



by Bishop Robert Barron   July 16, 2017

Sacrament of Baptism, Poughkeepsie, NY - 1953
God sows his Word into each of our hearts liberally. He does not solely give his grace to those he knows will bear fruit. He sows the Word in everyone, but it doesn't flourish for each person due to circumstances (secularism, anxiety, the allurement of the world). Strive to counter that by letting the Word open you to the implications of his Lordship. God is always giving himself to you, listen and act.

Mass Readings

Reading 1 - Isaiah 55:10-11
Psalm - Psalm 65:10-15
Reading 2 - Romans 8:-18-23
Gospel - Matthew 13:1-23

Friday, July 14, 2017

32. Why do we Pray before the Crucifix?

 Necedah, Wisconsin, 1950

Why do we pray before the Crucifix and the images and relics of the saints?
We pray before the Crucifix and the images and relics of the saints because they enliven our devotion by exciting pious affections and desires, and by reminding us of Christ and of the saints, that we may imitate their virtues. 

Advanced Catechism of Catholic Faith, 1922

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Passion of Joan of Arc

Falconetti made only this single movie. "It may be the finest performance ever recorded on film,” (Pauline Kael.)

31. Why do we Believe the Saints will help us?

Jesuits in San Jose, California

Why do we believe that the saints will help us?
We believe that the saints will help us because both they and we are members of the same Church, and they love us as their brethren.

How are the saints and we members of the same Church?
The saints and we are members of the same Church, because the Church in heaven and the Church on earth are one and the same Church, and all its members are in communion with one another.
Advanced Catechism of Catholic Faith, 1922

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

30. Are We Obliged to Make Open Profession of Our Faith?

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Hyde Park - London, 1950

Are we obliged to make open profession of our faith?
We are obliged to make open profession of our faith as often as God's honor, our neighbor's spiritual good, or our own  requires it. "Whosoever," says Christ, "shall confess Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven." 

"With the heart we believe unto Justice; but with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."

What are the chief causes of the loss of faith?
The chief causes of the loss of faith are: 
1st, Indifference concerning the truths of religion;
2nd, Neglect of religious duties; 
3rd, The reading of books hostile to the faith; 
4th, Attendance at non-Catholic schools and taking part in non-Catholic worship.

Advanced Catechism of Catholic Faith, 1922

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

29. The First Commandment

Filming the Ten Commandments - 1955

What is the first Commandment?
The first Commandment is:  I and the Lord thy God:  thou shalt not have strange gods before me.

Why was this made the first Commandment?
This  was made the first Commandment, because it enjoins up us our first duty to God, to adore Him as the Supreme Lord of all.

Advanced Catechism of Catholic Faith, 1922

Prayers at Dawn

At Matins or Dawn
Matins Explained

I will call to mind thy mercies O my Queen, 
I will offer to thee a sacrifice of praise, 
I will sing to thee a canticle of gladness.

Come, my lips, and wide proclaim 
The blessed Virgin's spotless fame.  

V. O Lady, make speed to befriend me. 
R. From the hands of the enemy powerfully defend me. 
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. 
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.



Hail, Queen of the heavens, 
     Hail, Mistress of earth; 
Hail, Virgin most pure,
     Of Immaculate birth!

Clear star of the morning, 
     In beauty enshrin'd, 
O Lady, make speed 
     To the help of mankind.

Thee God in the depth 
     Of eternity chose;
And form'd thee all fair 
     As His glorious Spouse;

And call'd thee His Word's 
     Own Mother to be, 
By whom He created 
     The earth, sky, and sea. 

V. God elected her and pre-elected her. 
R. He made her to dwell in His tabernacle. 
V. O Lady, recommend my prayer. 
R. And let my cry come unto thee. 

Let Us Pray. 

     O Holy Mary, Queen of heaven, Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, and Mistress of the world, who forsakest no one, and despises no one; look upon me, O Lady, with an eye of pity, and entreat for me, of thy beloved Son, the forgiveness of all my sins; that, as I now celebrate with devout affection T
HY HOLY AND IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, so hereafter, I may receive the prize of eternal blessedness, by the grace of Him whom thou, in virginity, didst bring forth, Jesus Christ our Lord; who, with the Father and the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth, in perfect unity, God, world without end.  Amen.  

V. O Lady, recommend my prayer. 
R. And let my cry come unto thee. 
V. Let us bless the Lord. 
R. Thanks be to God. 

V. May the souls of the faithful, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
R. Amen.

Continue to MORNING Prayers

Monday, July 10, 2017

28. What is Prayer

Praying for Peace, USA - 1962

What is prayer?
Prayer is the lifting up of our minds and hearts to God to adore Him, to thank Him for His benefits, to ask His forgiveness, and to beg of Him all the graces we need whether for soul or body. 

What means "the lifting up of our minds and hearts to God?"
This  means that we fix our thoughts on God and direct our wills towards Him.  

Advanced Catechism of Catholic Faith, 1922

Saturday, July 8, 2017

The Yoke


by Bishop Robert Barron  July 09, 2017
What is it like to have Christ for a king? All three of this Sunday's readings examine this very question in some way. The answer is to submit to his kingship and accept his yoke upon your shoulders to make your life an offering to his plan.

Mass Readings

Reading 1 - Zechariah 9:9-10
Psalm - Psalm 145:1-14
Reading 2 - Romans 8:-9-13
Gospel - Matthew 11:25-30

27. The Mystery of Mysteries

Detroit Catholic Schools, USA - 1964

How was the substance of bread and wine changed into the substance of the body and blood of Christ?
The substance of the bread and wine was changed into the substance of the Body and blood of Christ by His almighty power.

Can we understand how this change is made by Christ's almighty power?
We cannot with our feeble senses understand how this change is made; hence the Holy Eucharist is called the Mystery of Mysteries.

Advanced Catechism of Catholic Faith, 1922

Friday, July 7, 2017

First Friday's Divine Mercy Chaplet


During the month of May, in the year 1688, St. Margaret Mary wrote to her superior in Dijon: "During Holy Communion on a certain Friday the Lord spoke to me, His unworthy servant, the following words: 'I promise thee in the excessive mercy of My heart that My all-powerful love will grant to all those who communicate on the First Friday in nine consecutive months the grace of final penitence; they shall not die in My disgrace nor without having received the sacraments; My Divine Heart shall be their safe refuge at that last moment.'"

Dedicated To

Thursday, July 6, 2017

26. When did Christ Institute the Holy Eucharist?

Princess Grace Kelly receiving 
Holy Communion, 1956.

When did Christ institute the Holy Eucharist?
Christ instituted the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper, the night before He died.

When did Christ promise to institute the Holy Eucharist?
After the miracle of the Loaves and Fishes at Capharnaum, Christ promised to institute the Holy Eucharist of His body and blood. John 6.

"The Bread that I will give, is My flesh for the life of the world." John 6:52.

"He that earth My flesh and drinkers My blood, hath everlasting life. " John 6:55.

Prayer to God's Mother

Advanced Catechism of Catholic Faith, 1922

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

25. What is the Holy Eucharist?

Ray Bolger receiving Holy Communion.


What is the Holy Eucharist?
The Holy Eucharist is the Sacrament which contains the body and blood, soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ under the appearances of bread and wine.  
Holy Eucharist―Good grace or Thanksgiving.

By what other names is the Holy Eucharist known?
The Holy Eucharist is also known as the Blessed Sacrament, the Sacrament of the Altar, Holy Communion, and Viaticum.

Prayer to God's Mother

Advanced Catechism of Catholic Faith, 1922

Monday, July 3, 2017

24. How do I Know a Priest can Absolve My Sins?

How do you know that the priest has the power of absolving from the sins committed after Baptism?
I know that the priest has the power of absolving from the sins committed after Baptism, because Jesus Christ granted that power to the priests of His Church when He said: 
"Receive ye the Holy Ghost. Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; whose sins you shall retain, they are retained."

Did Christ give this power only for the Apostles?
This power is handed down to the successors of the Apostles, the bishops and the priests of Christ's Church, since it was for the good of the Church to the end of time.

Prayer to God's Mother

Advanced Catechism of Catholic Faith, 1922 (Page 47).

Sunday, July 2, 2017

23. What is Faith?


What is Faith?
Faith is a Divine virtue by which we firmly believe the truths which God has revealed.

Is Faith necessary for salvation?
Faith is necessary for salvation, for our Lord says, "He that believeth not shall be condemned." Matt. 16: 16.
"Without faith, it is impossible to please God." Heb. 11: 6.
Is Faith alone sufficient for salvation?
Faith alone is not sufficient for salvation, for without good works it is dead and useless, as the body without the soul, is dead and worthless. James 2: 26.

Prayer to God's Mother

Advanced Catechism of Catholic Faith, 1922 (Page 47).

Saturday, July 1, 2017

22. Come Holy Ghost Creator Blest!


Will the Holy Ghost abide with the Church forever?
The Holy Ghost will abide with the Church forever, and guide it in the way of holiness and truth.

Is not the Holy Ghost everywhere?
As God, the Holy Ghost is everywhere; but, as the Spirit of Truth and the Sanctifier of souls, He is especially in the Church and its members.
What should we practice devotion to the Holy Ghost?
We should practice devotion to the Holy Ghost, because He is the Sanctifier of souls, and with His divine aid we can do all that is necessary for eternal life.

Is the Holy Ghost equal to the Father and the Son?
The Holy Ghost is equal to the Father and the Son, being the same Lord and God as they are. 

Prayer to God's Mother

Advanced Catechism of Catholic Faith, 1922 (Page 47).