"God has no need of men."

St Philip Neri

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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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"Spiritual persons ought to be equally ready to experience sweetness and consolation in the things of God, or to suffer and keep their ground in drynesses of spirit and devotion, and for as long as God pleases, without their making any complaint about it."

St Philip Neri

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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.