Catechism Lessons

according to the Tradition of the Gospel and the Church

“Go, teach all nations...teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ,
St. Matthew 28:19-20

Lessons 37 to 40 ⇓

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Lessons 41 to 44 ⇓

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Lessons 45 to 48 ⇓

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Lessons 49 to 50 ⇓

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Lesson 37: Devotion to the Saints

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Glossary

To honor the Saints is to have a religious respect for them.

To invoke the Saints is to pray to them.

A miracle is a favor, a fact, an event contrary to the laws of nature and which can, therefore, happen only by the omnipotence of God.

The term Communion of Saints does not mean the reception of the sacrament of the Eucharist; the word Communion means: association, society, communication, especially mutual. It is the union of the friends of God among themselves.

The word saint means: consecrated to God. It refers to those who live a perfect life on earth and it refers to those who have died in the grace and friendship of God.

The Saints in Heaven are called blessed because they enjoy perfect happiness with God.

To assist one another is to help one another.

Lesson 38: Second Commandment of God

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Glossary

To take God as a witness is to ask God to affirm Himself that what we say is true.

In vain means: unnecessarily.

A false oath is one that is made to affirm something of which we are not absolutely certain, or to promise something that we are not sure we can do.

The unjust oath is the one made to assure or promise a bad or unjust thing.

Lesson 39: Third Commandment of God

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Glossary

To keep holy the Lord’s Day or Sanctify Sunday is to reserve Sundays for the service of God. The Christian must live this day in greater recollection to better pray to God; examine himself to rectify what is necessary to better serve God; take advantage of the time with his family to stimulate each one to know, love and serve God.

Lesson 40: Fourth Commandment of God

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Glossary

There is forgiveness for those who insult their parents, as there is for any other sin. God never withholds His Mercy from the soul that repents and asks for forgiveness.

To treat with consideration is to have respectful attentions of charity and gratitude.

Lesson 41: Fifth Commandment of God

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Glossary

To respect the life of one’s neighbor is, above all, not to wound him by sin, that is, not to cause him to lose the sanctifying grace which is the life of the soul.

The expression “to scandalize our neighbor” is often used in the sense of doing an act which produces a “painful impression” on the conscience of our neighbor, without this causing him to offend God. That is not what we are talking about here.

Lesson 42: Sixth and Ninth Commandments of God

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Glossary

A fornicator is one who indulges in the sin of uncleanness.

To be fornicating by body is to commit a sin of impurity.

To be fornicating by consent means to desire to commit the sin of impurity, without actually committing it.

To be pure in our thoughts, means to expel from our mind all evil thoughts as soon as we perceive them.

To be modest in our looks is to make sure that our eyes do not look at anything dishonest, that our tongue does not utter any shameful words.

To be modest in our words is to make sure that our tongue does not utter any shameful words.

Lesson 43: Seventh and Tenth Commandment of God

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Glossary

To repair a damage is to compensate someone for all the harm done to them.

Lesson 44: Eighth Commandment of God

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Glossary

Respecting the honor of our neighbor means not saying or doing anything that might make others despise him.

Reputation is the opinion we have of a person.

Lesson 45: The Commandments of the Church

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Glossary

Ember Days: Each of the four periods in the Catholic liturgical year that include three days of fasting and abstinence. There are three Ember Days in each season of the year.

Lent: The forty-day period of penance between Ash Wednesday and Easter. The six Sundays during Lent are not counted in the 40 days of penance.

Paschal Time: The 50 days between the feasts of Easter and Pentecost.

Alms: A gift given to the poor out of charity.

Lesson 46: Our Last Ends

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Glossary

Only one lifetime is given to each human being: it is the time God gives us to know Him, love Him and serve Him. If we are faithful to God, we are victorious over the trial and our reward – the happiness of Heaven – is eternal.

Lesson 47: Heaven, Purgatory and Hell

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Glossary

The word Purgatory comes from a Latin word that means “to purify”.

Purgatory is an infinite Mercy of God. Since nothing unclean can remain in the presence of God, without this place of ultimate purification, almost all souls would have to go to hell.

A torment is a punishment that causes great pain and is the punishment for crime.

By torment we mean extreme suffering. The torments of hell are the eternal separation from God and the eternal fire.

Mortifications are penances, privations that one voluntarily imposes on oneself or that one endures with patience while offering them to God.

Those who serve God well on earth are called the just.

A place of delight is a place where one enjoys the greatest joys.

The elect are those who deserve Heaven by serving God with all their heart during their life.

To lose our soul is to go to Hell.

Lesson 48: Particular Judgment and General Judgment

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Glossary

Our soul is immortal, that is, it will never die. The only career for which we must sacrifice everything is that of loving and serving God on earth, in order to be happy with Him during all eternity.

Eternal means: lasting forever, never ending.

Lesson 49: Practice of the Christian Life

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Glossary

Christian means “disciple of Christ”. The Christian must therefore conform his life in such a way as to resemble as perfectly as possible Jesus his Master and Model.

To eat with sobriety and temperance means to avoid all excess in eating and drinking.

To sanctify our actions is to make them holy, that is, pleasing to God and meritorious for Heaven.

Lesson 50: Practice of the Christian Life

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Glossary

Necessary entertainments are those needed to rest the mind or the body after work.

Innocent entertainments are those in which one does not offend the good Lord, and which are not occasions of sin.

A spiritual retreat is a time when we withdraw momentarily from our usual duties, from our surroundings to assess our life, to pray, to listen to spiritual instructions, to confess, to receive the guidance of an enlightened guide. It is a rest from all the distractions of the world that renews our soul by a salutary purification and a renewal of energy.

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