"For what would it profit us to know the whole Bible by heart and the principles of all the philosophers if we live without grace and the love of God?"

Thomas á Kempis

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"Obedience is a short cut to perfection."

St Philip Neri

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"If, devout soul, it is your will to please God and live a life of serenity in this world, unite yourself always and in all things to the divine will. Reflect that all the sins of your past wicked life happened because you wandered from the path of God's will. For the future, embrace God's good pleasure and say to him in every happening: "Yea, Father, for so it hath seemed good in thy sight." "

St Alphonsus de Liguori

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FROM THE "PENNY CATECHISM"

     

re Article 4 of Apostle's Creed

52.

What is the fourth article of the Creed?

 

The fourth article of the Creed is, 'suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and buried'.

 
53. What were the chief sufferings of Christ?

 

The chief sufferings of Christ were:
first, his agony, and his sweat of blood in the Garden;
secondly, his being scourged at the pillar, and crowned with thorns; and thirdly, his carrying his cross, his crucifixion, and his death between two thieves.

 
  54. What are the chief sufferings of our Lord called?
 
 

The chief sufferings of our Lord are called the Passion of Jesus Christ.

 
55. Why did our Saviour suffer?
 

Our Saviour suffered to atone for our sins, and to purchase for us eternal life.

 
56. Why is Jesus Christ called our Redeemer?
 

Jesus Christ is called our Redeemer because his precious blood is the price by which we were ransomed.

 
57. On what day did our Saviour die?
 

Our Saviour died on Good Friday.

 
58. Where did our Saviour die?
 

Our Saviour died on Mount Calvary.

 
59. Why do we make the sign of the cross?
 

We make the sign of the cross - first, to put us in mind of the Blessed Trinity: and secondly, to remind us that God the Son died for us on the Cross.

 
60. In making the sign of the cross how are we reminded of the Blessed Trinity?
 

In making the sign of the cross we are reminded of the Blessed Trinity by the words, 'In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit'.

 
61. In making the sign of the cross how are we reminded that Christ died for us on the Cross?
 

In making the sign of the cross we are reminded that Christ died for us on the Cross by the very form of the cross which we make upon ourselves.