"The essence of perfection is to embrace the will of God in all things, prosperous or adverse. In prosperity, even sinners find it easy to unite themselves to the divine will; but it takes saints to unite themselves to God's will when things go wrong and are painful to self-love. Our conduct in such instances is the measure of our love of God."

St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"A single act of uniformity with the divine will suffices to make a saint."

St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"Lord, here burn, here cut, and dry up in me all that hinders me from going to You, that You may spare me in eternity."

St Louis Bertrand

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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.