"To think of oneself as nothing, and always to think well and highly of others is the best and most perfect wisdom. Wherefore, if you see another sin openly or commit a serious crime, do not consider yourself better, for you do not know how long you can remain in good estate. All men are frail, but you must admit that none is more frail than yourself. "

Thomas á Kempis

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"The Lord has always revealed to mortals the treasures of his wisdom and his spirit, but now that the face of evil bares itself more and more, so does the Lord bare his treasures more."

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

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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"

     

Precepts of the Church

(*Nos 228 - 248 in the original catechism have been replaced to reflect the latest Catechism.)
228*.

Are we bound to obey the Church?

 

We are bound to obey the Church, because Christ has said to the pastors of the Church: 'He that heareth you, heareth me: and he that despiseth you, despiseth me.' Luke 10:16.

 
229*. What are the precepts of the Church?

 

The precepts of the Church are:
1. You shall attend Mass on Sundays and on holy days of obligation and rest from servile labor.
2. You shall confess your sins at least once a year.
3. You shall receive the sacrament of the Eucharist at least during the Easter season.
4.You shall observe the days of fasting and abstinence established by the Church.
5. You shall help to provide for the needs of the Church.

 
  230*. Are Catholics bound to attend Mass on Sundays and Holydays of Obligation?
 
 

Catholics are under a serious obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holydays of Obligation unless prevented by other serious duties or by ill-
health.

 
  231*. How often should we go to Confession?
 
 

If we have been guilty of serious sin we should go to Confession as soon as possible but never less than once a year.

 
  232*. What are fasting days?
 
 

Fasting days are days on which we are allowed to take only one full meal. The obligation of fasting is restricted to those who have completed their 18th year until they have begun their 60th.

 
  233*. Which are the fasting days?
 
 

The fasting days are Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

 
  234*. What are days of abstinence?
 
 

Days of abstinence are days on which we are forbidden to take flesh-meat and anything made from meat.

 
  235*. Which are the days of abstinence?
 
 

The days of abstinence in the United States are Ash Wednesday and Good Friday and all the Fridays in Lent. The age at which abstinence becomes
binding is 14.

 
  236*. Why does the Church command us to fast and abstain?
 
 

The Church commands us to fast and abstain so that we may mortify the flesh and satisfy God for our sins.