"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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"When the devil has failed in making a man fall, he puts forward all his energies to create distrust between the penitent and the confessor, and so by little and little he gains his end at last."

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"

     

The Ten Commandments

169.

What is Charity?

 

Charity is a supernatural gift of God by which we love God above all things, and our neighbor as ourselves for God's sake.

 
170. Why must we love God?

 

We must love God because he is infinitely good in himself and infinitely good to us.

 
  171. How do we show that we love God?
 
 

We show that we love God by keeping his commandments: for Christ says: 'If you love me, keep my commandments.' John 14:15, Mt. 19:16, Rom. 13:8-10

 
  172. How many Commandments are there?
 
 

There are ten Commandments.

 
  173. Say the TEN Commandments
 
 

I am the Lord thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, and out of the house of bondage.
1. Thou shalt not have strange gods before me. Thou shalt not make to thyself any graven thing, nor the likeness of any thing that is in heaven
above, nor in the earth beneath, nor of those things that are in the waters under the earth. Thou shalt not adore them nor serve them.
2. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
3. Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath day.
4. Honor thy father and thy mother.
5. Thou shalt not kill.
6. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
7. Thou shalt not steal.
8. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
9. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife.
10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's goods.

 
  174. Who gave the ten Commandments?
 
 

God gave the ten Commandments to Moses in the Old Law, and Christ confirmed them in the New.