"God gives us some things, as the beginning of faith, even when we do not pray. Other things, such as perseverance, he has only provided for those who pray."

St Augustine

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"The more you know and the better you understand, the more severely will you be judged, unless your life is also the more holy. Do not be proud, therefore, because of your learning or skill. Rather, fear because of the talent given you."

Thomas á Kempis

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"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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FROM THE "PENNY CATECHISM"

     

re Article 3 of Apostle's Creed

47.

What is the third article of the Creed?

 

The third article of the Creed is, 'who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary'.

 
48. What does the third article mean?

 

IThe third article means that God the Son took a Body and Soul like ours, in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary, by the power of the Holy Spirit.

 
  49. Had Jesus Christ any father on earth?
 
 

Jesus Christ had no father on earth: St. Joseph was only his guardian or foster-father.

 
50. Where was our Saviour born?
 

Our Saviour was born in a stable at Bethlehem.

 
51.  On what day was our Saviour born?
 

Our Saviour was born on Christmas Day.