"It is better to be burdened and in company with the strong than to be unburdened and with the weak. When you are burdened you are close to God, your strength, who abides with the afflicted. When you are relieved of the burden you are close to yourself, your own weakness; for virtue and strength of soul grow and are confirmed in the trials of patience."

St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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"A person who rails at God in adversity, suffers without merit; moreover by his lack of resignation he adds to his punishment in the next life and experiences greater disquietude of mind in this life."

St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"There is nothing which gives greater security to our actions, or more effectually cuts the snares the devil lays for us, than to follow another person’s will, rather than our own, in doing good."

St Philip Neri

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FROM THE "PENNY CATECHISM"

     

re Article 9 of Apostle's Creed

83.

What is the ninth article of the Creed?

 

The ninth article of the Creed is, 'the Holy Catholic Church; the Communion of Saints'.

 
84. What is the Catholic Church?

 

IThe Catholic Church is the union of all the faithful under one Head.

 
  85. Who is the Head of the Catholic Church?
 
 

The Head of the Catholic Church is Jesus Christ.

 
86. Has the Church a visible Head on earth?
 

The Church has a visible Head on earth - the Bishop of Rome, who is the Vicar of Christ.

 
87. Why is the Bishop of Rome the Head of the Church?
 

The Bishop of Rome is the Head of the Church because he is the successor of St. Peter, whom Christ appointed to be the Head of the Church.

 
88. How do you know that Christ appointed St. Peter to be
the Head of the Church?
 

I know that Christ appointed St. Peter to be the Head of the Church because Christ said to him; 'Thou art Peter,and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And to thee I will give the keys of the kingdom of heaven'. Matt. 16:18,19

 
89. What is the Bishop of Rome called?
 

The Bishop of Rome is called the Pope, which word signifies Father.

 
90. Is the Pope the Spiritual Father of all Christians?
 

The Pope is the Spiritual Father of all Christians.

 
91. Is the Pope the Shepherd and Teacher of all Christians?
 

The Pope is the Shepherd and Teacher of all Christians, because Christ made St. Peter the Shepherd of the whole flock when he said: 'Feed my lambs, feed my sheep'. He also prayed that his 'faith' might never fail, and commanded him to 'confirm' his brethren. Jn.21:15-17,Lk.22:32

 
92. Is the Pope infallible?
 

The Pope is infallible.

 
93. What do you mean when you say that the Pope is infallible?
 

When I say that the Pope is infallible, I mean that the Pope cannot err when, as Shepherd and Teacher of all Christians, he defines a doctrine concerning faith or morals, to be held by the whole Church.

 
94. Has the Church of Christ any marks by which we may
know her?
 

The Church of Christ has four marks by which we may know her: she is One - she is Holy - she is Catholic - she is Apostolic.

 
95. How is the Church One?
 

The Church is One because all her members agree in one Faith, have all the same Sacrifice and Sacraments, and are all united under one Head.

 
96. How is the Church Holy?
 

The Church is Holy because Jesus Christ, Her Founder is holy, teaches a holy doctrine, and offers to all the means of holiness.

 
97. What does the word Catholic mean?
 

The word Catholic means universal.

 
98. How is the Church Catholic or universal?
 

The Church is Catholic or universal because she subsists in all ages, teaches all nations, and is the source of all Truth.

 
99. How is the Church Apostolic?
 

The Church is Apostolic because it was founded by Christ on the apostles and, according to His Divine Will, has always been governed by their lawful
successors.

 
100. Can the Church err in what she teaches?
 

The Church cannot err in what she teaches as to faith or morals, for she is our infallible guide in both.

 
101. How do you know that the Church cannot err in what she teaches?
 

I know that the Church cannot err in what she teaches because Christ promised that the gates of hell shall never prevail against his Church; that the Holy Spirit shall teach her all things; and that he himself will be with her all days, even to the consummation of the world. Matt. 16:18, John 14:16-26, Matt. 28:20

 
102 What do you mean by the Communion of Saints?
 

By the Communion of Saints I mean that all the members of the Church, in heaven, on earth, and in purgatory, are in communion with each other, as being one body in Jesus Christ.

 
103. How are the faithful on earth in communion with each other?
 

The faithful on earth are in communion with each other by professing the same faith, obeying the same authority, and assisting each other with their prayers and good works.

 
104. How are we in communion with the Saints in heaven?
 

We are in communion with the Saints in heaven by honoring them as the glorified members of the Church, and also by our praying to them, and by their praying for us.

 
105. How are we in communion with the souls in purgatory?
 

We are in communion with the souls in purgatory by helping them with our prayers and good works: 'It is a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins'.

 
106. What is purgatory?
 

Purgatory is a place where souls suffer for a time after death on account of their sins.

 
107. What souls go to purgatory?
 

Those souls go to purgatory that depart this life in venial sin; or that have not fully paid the debt of temporal punishment due to those sins of which the
guilt has been forgiven.

 
108. What is temporal punishment?
 

Temporal punishment is punishment which will have an end, either in this world, or in the world to come.

 
109. How do you prove that there is a purgatory?
 

I prove that there is a purgatory from the constant teaching of the Church; and from the doctrine of Holy Scripture, which declares that God will render to every man according to his works; that nothing defiled shall enter heaven; and that some will be saved, "as one who has gone through fires". Matt. 16:27, Apoc. 21:27.1, Cor. 3:15