"The name of Jesus, pronounced with reverence and affection, has a kind of power to soften the heart. "

St Philip Neri

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"God speaks to us without ceasing by his good inspirations."

The Cure D'Ars

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"It is well to choose some one good devotion, and to stick to it, and never to abandon it."

St Philip Neri

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FROM THE "PENNY CATECHISM"

     

re Article 1 of Apostle's Creed

13.

What are the chief things which God has revealed?

 

The chief things which God has revealed are contained in the Apostles' Creed.

 
14. Say the Apostles' Creed.

 

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth;
- and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord;
- who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary;
- suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried;
- he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead;
- he ascended into heaven; is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
- from thence he shall come to judge the living and the dead.
- I believe in the Holy Spirit;
- the Holy Catholic Church; the Communion of Saints;
- the forgiveness of sins;
- the resurrection of the body;
- and life everlasting.
Amen.

 
  15. How is the Apostles' Creed divided?
 
 

The Apostles' Creed is divided into twelve parts or articles.

 
16. What is the first article of the Creed?
 

The first article of the Creed is, 'I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth'.

 
17. What is God?
 

God is the supreme Spirit, who alone exists of himself, and is infinite in all perfections.

 
18. Why is God called Almighty?
 

God is called 'Almighty' because he can do all things: 'With God all things are possible'. Matt 19:26

 
19. Why is God called Creator of heaven and earth?
 

God is called 'Creator of heaven and earth' because he made heaven and earth, and all things, out of nothing, by his word.

 
20. Had God any beginning?
 

God had no beginning: he always was, he is, and he always will be.

 
21. Where is God?
 

God is everywhere.

 
22. Does God know and see all things?
 

God knows and sees all things, even our most secret thoughts.

 
23. Has God any body?
 

God has no body; he is a spirit.

 
24. Is there only one God?
 

There is only one God.

 
25. Are there three Persons in God?
 

There are three Persons in God: God the Father, God
the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

 
26. Are these three Persons three Gods?
 

These three Persons are not three Gods: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are all one and the same God.

 
27. What is the mystery of the three Persons in one God called?
 

The mystery of the three Persons in one God is called the mystery of the Blessed Trinity.

 
28. What do you mean by a mystery?
 

By a mystery I mean a truth which is above reason, but revealed by God.

 
29. Is there any likeness to the Blessed Trinity in your soul?
 

There is this likeness to the Blessed Trinity in my soul: that as in one God there are three Persons, so in my one soul there are three powers.

 
30. Which are the three powers of your soul?
 

The three powers of my soul are my memory, my understanding, and my will.