"For what would it profit us to know the whole Bible by heart and the principles of all the philosophers if we live without grace and the love of God?"

Thomas á Kempis

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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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"Shun too great a desire for knowledge, for in it there is much fretting and delusion. Intellectuals like to appear learned and to be called wise. Yet there are many things the knowledge of which does little or no good to the soul, and he who concerns himself about other things than those which lead to salvation is very unwise. "

Thomas á Kempis

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FROM THE "PENNY CATECHISM"

     

re Article 10 of Apostle's Creed

110.

What is the tenth article of the Creed?

 

The tenth article of the Creed is, 'the forgiveness of sins'.

 
111. What do you mean by 'the forgiveness of sins'?

 

By 'the forgiveness of sins' I mean that Christ has left the power of forgiving sins to the Pastors of his Church. Jn.20:23

 
  112. By what means are sins forgiven?
 
 

Sins are forgiven principally by the Sacraments of Baptism and Penance.

 
  113. What is sin?
 
 

Sin is an offense against God, by any thought, word, deed or omission against the law of God.

 
114. How many kinds of sin are there?
 

There are two kinds of sin, original sin and actual sin.

 
115. What is original sin?
 

Original sin is that guilt and stain of sin which we inherit from Adam, who was the origin and head of all mankind.

 
116. What was the sin committed by Adam?T
 

he sin committed by Adam was the sin of disobedience when he ate the forbidden fruit.

 
117. Have all mankind contracted the guilt and stain of original sin?
 

All mankind have contracted the guilt and stain of original sin, except the Blessed Virgin, who, through the merits of her Divine Son, was conceived without the least guilt or stain of original sin.

 
118. What is this privilege of the Blessed Virgin called?
 

This privilege of the Blessed Virgin is called the Immaculate Conception.

 
119. What is actual sin?
 

Actual sin is every sin which we ourselves commit.

 
120. How is actual sin divided?
 

Actual sin is divided into mortal sin and venial sin.

 
121. What is mortal sin?
 

Mortal sin is a serious offence against God.

 
122. Why is it called mortal sin?
 

It is called mortal sin because it is so serious that it kills the soul and deserves hell.

 
123. How does mortal sin kill the soul?
 

Mortal sin kills the soul by depriving it of sanctifying grace, which is the supernatural life of the soul.

 
124. Is it a great evil to fall into mortal sin?
 

It is the greatest of all evils to fall into mortal sin.

 
125. Where will they go who die in mortal sin?
 

They who die in mortal sin will go to hell for all eternity.

 
126. What is venial sin?
 

Venial sin is an offense which does not kill the soul, yet displeases God, and often leads to mortal sin.

 
127. Why is it called venial sin?
 

It is called venial sin because it is more easily pardoned than mortal sin.